Apache Says $74M Loss In Well Dispute Can't Stand

Law360 (October 27, 2020, 9:23 PM EDT) -- In Apache Corp.'s attempt to undo a $74.1 million judgment tied to the construction of a Louisiana gas well and processing facility, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals on Tuesday homed in on the meaning of the phrase "willful misconduct" and how that differs from negligence.

The Houston appellate court focused on the line between willful misconduct and negligence during oral arguments as Apache challenges jury findings it didn't hold up its end of the bargain with Castex Offshore Inc. in connection with a southern Louisiana gas project. A Harris County District Court jury found in April 2019 that Apache engaged in "willful...

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