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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

References to Unrecorded Documents in Assignments of Leasehold Interest

Posted in Leasehold Interest, News

In Louisiana, an instrument involving immovable property is effective as to third persons only from the time it is filed in the registry in the parish where the property is located. This is known as the Public Records Doctrine. Often parties desire to convey interest in oil and gas leases subject to the terms and… Continue Reading