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The North Dakota Supreme Court recently issued its second opinion in Van Sickle v. Hallmark & Associates, a case that has tested the boundaries of a mineral interest holder’s right to royalties when well operators go...more
If you furnish labor or materials to an oil or gas well and are not paid, then you should consider filing a mineral lien. Below are the steps to perfect a mineral lien....more
You might have to, if the Environmental Protection Agency gets its way in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The court will hear oral arguments in a case dealing with the EPA’s ability to regulate cross-state, or...more
The Third Circuit recently clarified the home state and local controversy exceptions to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), remanding proceedings in a case involving Marcellus Shale oil and gas leases to a Pennsylvania...more
In Walton v. City of Midland, the surface owner of a 35 acre tract within the city limits of Midland, Texas, contended that a provision in a city permit for an oil or gas well was a regulatory taking because it required the...more
The South Australian parliament yesterday passed amendments to the National Electricity Law (NEL) and National Gas Law (NGL) to give effect to the policy position of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) in...more
Oh, how a simple Favored-Nations clause in an oil and gas lease can get complicated, with large financial consequences! In BP America Production Company v. Zaffirini, BP paid Solis a $1,300 per acre bonus for a lease covering...more
Vestiges of the early Haynesville Shale land rush remain.
Imagine: The lease is about to expire. Lessee (Mecom) offers lessor (Henderson) $90 per acre for an extension, telling him, “I could extend for two more years...more
Two federal district courts recently found that the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") over wholesale sales of electricity under the Federal Power Act (the "FPA") preempts state...more
In This Issue:
- Investments in LNG Project Companies - Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions
- Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations
- UK's Labour...more
A recent High Court decision, Proton Energy Group SA v Orlen Lietuva  EWHC 2872, serves as a timely reminder of the care parties must take when negotiating new deals so as not to become bound when they do not yet wish...more
The fellow on the right is after your lease. The result in Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation v. Healey, LP was so bad for the lessee I’m going directly to...more
Sudden interruptions in oil supplies caused by the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the outbreak of the war between Iran and Iraq in 1980 led to the energy crises of the 1970’s and 1980’s, forcing...more
It is uncontroversial that administrative tribunals, through their empowering statutes, can oust the jurisdiction of a superior court to hear certain matters. But can events that take place in the administrative law context...more
The Fifth Circuit has taken steps to fine-tune the interpretation and implementation of the agreement BP negotiated to settle its massive liabilities arising from the April 2010 oil spill following the explosion of the...more
Where does a sale take place for purposes of the local portion of the state sales tax? For lots of localized businesses, it's a straightforward question. But what about businesses that operate in multiple counties --...more
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Whiteman v. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, affirms the right of a mineral estate lessee to construct impoundments for the disposal of drilling mud, drill cuttings, and...more
Federal courts have issued two notable rulings recently that may have implications for other pending disputes in West Virginia, and could affect future lease negotiations between natural gas owners and producers. These...more
Recent United States Supreme Court decisions making it more difficult to certify lawsuits as class actions have the potential to create a more business friendly climate in Oklahoma. In theory, a class action lawsuit saves...more
In Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-603, --- F.3d ----, 2013 WL 5200399 (10th Cir. Sept. 17, 2013) (Hartz, J., dissenting), the 10th Circuit denied a petition for rehearing en banc of a petition to...more
Over eleven months after oral argument, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in In the Matter of the Application of Minnesota Power for Authority to Increase Rates for Electric Service in Minnesota this Wednesday....more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has responded to the request for rehearing in Ranger Insurance, Ltd. v. BP P.L.C., 710 F.3d 388 (5th Cir. Mar. 1, 2013) by withdrawing its March 1, 2013 opinion (reversing the...more
Our previews of the Illinois Supreme Court's September docket continue with Hartney Fuel Oil Co. v. Hamer, which will be argued this morning in Chicago.
Our detailed summary of the facts and lower court rulings in...more
Class action lawsuits filed against natural gas producers have become increasingly common. For example, in Pennsylvania over the last several years, royalty owners have filed a number of royalty and bonus-payment class action...more
It has long been a rule in Texas that the mineral estate is dominant over the surface estate. This rule has taken on increased importance recently with the shale boom driving increased E&P activity in the state....more