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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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 ...

Fall in Exxon stock leads employee to sue over company’s 401 (k)

A retired engineer from Exxon Mobil Corp. alleges the giant energy company violated its responsibility to protect employee financial interests by continuing to offer Exxon Mobil stock for its 401(k) retirement plan while knowing the company’s stock was artificially inflated in value, according to a ...

Shareholders sue to stop Spectra merger with Enbridge

Shareholders have filed five separate suits in two weeks against Spectra Energy Corp., alleging the Houston pipeline company is selling itself too cheaply to the Canadian energy firm Enbridge. The all-stock deal, valued at $28 billion was announced in September, is expected to close early next year. ...

Texas couple sue Talisman Energy over Eagle Ford production volumes

Oil and gas royalty owners with interests in the Texas Eagle Ford Shale have sued Talisman Energy USA, alleging the energy company manipulated oil and gas production volumes by as much as 30 percent and shorted them on royalty payments. Eugene and Kimberly Cran of DeWitt County filed the lawsuit las ...

After wage cases, energy sector makes biggest payouts to employees

For the past three decades, accommodation and food service companies accounted for nearly one-quarter of all wage and hour cases, more than any other industry. But when it comes to recovery of back pay as the result of wage and hour actions brought by the Labor Department, no industry can match the ...

Marathon Oil sued over use of workers’ health care funds

Marathon Oil Co. is accused in a lawsuit of teaming up with an insurance company to embezzle Marathon employee health care funds. The suit, filed by Redoak Hospital in U.S. District Court in Houston, alleges that Marathon entered into “an unlawful agreement” with United Healthcare that a ...

EOG sued over wage, overtime practices

A former oil field worker at EOG Resources has sued the Houston oil and gas company, accusing it of shorting him and others on overtime pay, in addition to misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Derrick Gabrielson, a water operations coordinator, alleged in a lawsuit filed last week in ...

Efforts fail to settle Black Elk suits as trial begins

A recent effort to settle lawsuits stemming from a 2012 explosion and fire on a offshore oil platform that killed three workers has been unsuccessful, according to a notice filed Thursday in federal court in New Orleans. Negotiators met over the past six days in an effort to resolve the lawsuits ste ...

Chevron trader, energy consultant charged in bribery scheme

A federal grand jury in Houston has charged that Chevron oil  trader and a Houston energy consultant engaged in international commercial bribery scheme and funneled the money they received from kickbacks into offshore bank accounts, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Thursday. The trader, Shawn Tho ...

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