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Ronnie Crocker

British firm hopes to tap Fulbright & Jaworski’s ties to energy

The announced merger of Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski with British law firm Norton Rose illustrates the importance of the energy business to big legal practices looking to get bigger.
Categories: Deals
Carla Smith works in an assemble area at Cooper Industries Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Chronicle )

Cooper Industries to be sold for $11.8 billion

Cooper Industries, a manufacturer of lighting and electrical-distribution equipment that has been run out of Houston for 47 years, will be acquired by Ohio-based Eaton Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at nearly $12 billion, the companies announced Monday.
Categories: Deals
(AP file photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

Enterprise to build pipeline from Pennsylvania to Texas

A proposed pipeline project that could transport up to 190,000 barrels of ethane from Appalachian shale fields to the Texas Gulf Coast has secured enough customers to move forward, Enterprise Products Partners announced today.
Categories: Pipelines
Tim and Christine Ruggiero have filed suit over the natural-gas operations on four of the 10 acres they own in Wise County.

Nat gas feud pits prosperous N. Texans against energy industry *updated*

Natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing is spurring a growing conflict pitting some prosperous North Texas homeowners against energy companies drilling the Barnett Shale and its rich, millenniums-old vein of oil and natural gas encased in rock.