L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.

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Anadarko lays off 60 after sale of Eagle Ford holdings

About 60 employees at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. were laid off Thursday after the company sold its assets in the Eagle Ford Shale, a large oil and natural gas field in South Texas. The employees primarily supported those assets, said Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen. Anadarko announced in January ...

Ex-Statoil executive agrees to temporary restraining order

A former executive of Statoil Gulf Services and his wife agreed to a temporary restraining order that prevents the pair from filing any patent applications that use trade secrets from Statoil. They also agreed not to claim ownership of inventions, discoveries or technological improvements developed ...

Ethos Offshore US filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after its board of directors concluded the subsea engineering and construction services company based in Houston is insolvent and unable to pay its bills. The filing Tuesday in federal bankruptcy court in Houston came one day after the board met in a ...

Mixed verdict in National Oilwell Varco, M-I Swaco noncompete case

    A Harris County jury on Monday delivered a mixed verdict in a contentious fight between two Houston energy services companies over trade secrets, confidentiality and a noncompete agreement. The case, which has stretched over more than two-years involved Jeff Russo, who signed a noncomp ...

CVR Energy settles SEC dispute

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that it settled a case that alleged that the Sugar Land refiner company CVR Energy made inadequate disclosures in regulatory filings about fee arrangements with two investment banks that the company hired to ward off a hostile takeover bid. SCVR En ...

Former ERCOT lawyer joins Haynes and Boone energy practice

A  senior lawyer at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has left the non-profit that manages the electric grid in Texas and joined the law firm Haynes and Boone. Jennifer Littlefield will work out of the Austin office of Haynes and Boone. Littlefield is part of the firm’s energy, power a ...

Barry Smitherman, former Railroad commissioner, leaves Vinson & Elkins law firm

Energy lawyer and former energy regulator Barry Smitherman resigned his partnership at Vinson & Elkins on Friday. Smitherman, who joined the firm less than two years ago and practiced out of the firm’s Austin office, left Vinson & Elkins to “pursue other career opportunities and interests,” ...

Houston-based Tauber Oil Co. reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will pay a $700,000 fine to resolve allegations it violated the Clean Air Act. The government accused the privately-held company of selling a fuel additive that was not registered with the Environment ...

Coats Rose adds three lawyers to energy practice

Houston based law firm Coats Rose added three new oil and gas lawyers to its office in Houston. All three came from the Fort Worth-based firm Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller that closed at the end of the year. Roger D. Scales, who received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law, wi ...

Cameron drops non-compete suit after judge’s ruling

Houston-based Cameron International Corp. dropped a non-compete lawsuit against FMC Technologies Singapore after a federal judge determined Cameron’s non-compete agreement was overly broad and couldn’t be used to stop an ex-Cameron employee from working for Houston-based FMC Technologies. Came ...

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