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Fifth Circuit Pumps Brakes on Royalty Owner Class Certification

Posted in Class Action, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Leasehold Interest, Oil and Gas Operations

The federal Fifth Circuit recently signaled its continued skepticism of permitting class certification for royalty owners.  In Seeligson v. Devon Energy Production Company, L.P., No. 17-10320, 2018 WL 5045671 (5th Cir. Oct. 16, 2018), a group of royalty owners in the Barnett Shale in Texas alleged that Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. breached its royalty… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Greenlights Expansive Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts

Posted in Class Action, Employment Law

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on employers’ ability to include mandatory and individualized arbitration clauses in contacts with their employees.  The issue came before the high court in cases from the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits.  See Epic Sys. Corp. v. Lewis, Docket No. 16-285 (May 21,… Continue Reading

Plaintiffs’ Day in (Federal) Court

Posted in Class Action

On January 7, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in Arbuckle Mountain Ranch of Tex. v. Chesapeake Energy Corp. that a proposed class action against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and others accused of trespassing on foreclosed oil and gas leases must proceed in federal court.  The defendants were a group… Continue Reading