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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

New Federal Discovery Rules Tilt to Defendants

Posted in Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Legal Updates

Discovery in federal court should get less burdensome and expensive for defendants, thanks to upcoming changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Federal Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure proposed the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and, on April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court approved… Continue Reading