Universal Truckload v. Dalton Logistics, Hess Corp., Helmerich & Payne

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers successfully persuaded the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a summary judgment in favor of Hess Corp.

In the suit, Universal Truckload sought payment from Hess Corporation, Dalton Logistics and Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co. for shipping costs for transporting disassembled oil rigs.

In a published opinion issued Jan. 3, the Fifth Circuit held that neither H&P nor Hess was liable for the shipping charges Universal Truckload incurred, because the companies had contracted with a third party — not Universal Truckload. In fact, H&P and Hess hired Dalton to coordinate the transportation of disassembled oil rigs. The Fifth Circuit likewise rejected Universal Truckload’s claim that Hess was liable for shipping costs under North Dakota law, absent a contract between the parties.

Hess Corporation operates as a global independent energy company. The Company focuses on the exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase, and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas.

Haynes and Boone Counsel Christina Crozier (Picture) and Associate Natasha Breaux represented Hess in the appeal. Hess was represented in the district court by Haynes and Boone Partner Michael J. Mazzone and Associate Mini Kapoor.

Involved fees earner: Natasha Breaux – Haynes and Boone; Christina Crozier – Haynes and Boone; Mini Kapoor – Haynes and Boone; Michael Mazzone – Haynes and Boone;

Law Firms: Haynes and Boone;

Clients: Hess Corporation;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti