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Defining Drilling Rights and Bad Faith in Oil and Gas Leases

May 2024 - J. Taylor Airey discusses a dispute over a lease agreement concerning mineral rights in the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale.
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Making Your Words Count

May 2024 - In Liska v. Dworaczyk, the Fourth Court of Appeals reaffirmed the principle of giving plain and ordinary meaning to language within documents, ...
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Third Time’s a Charm: Ohio Supreme Court Remands Case for Failing to Follow Instructions

May 2024 – The case of State ex rel. AWMS Water Solutions, L.L.C. v. Mertz involves a dispute over property appropriation in Ohio. The Ohio ...
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May 2024 – Oliva Gibbs is pleased to announce that Jocelyn BuckleyShaun Schottmiller, and Emily Sheffield have been promoted to partners at the firm.
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Navigating the New Frontier: Updates to Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Rules and Regulations

May 2024 – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced the Fluid Mineral Leases and Leasing Process rule (FMLLP), a significant overhaul of the ...
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The Force (Majeure) May Not Be So Strong in This One

May 2024 - In a recent lawsuit, an oil producer alleges significant financial losses due to a pipeline company's failure to uphold contractual obligations and ...
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Lessons in Chemistry: SCOTUS Declines Review in OPA Case

April 2024 - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review an appeal about classifying a petroleum-chemical mixture as "oil" under the Oil Pollution Act ...
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All Means All, Y’all: The Fifth Circuit Addresses CAFA Exception

April 2024 – In a dispute over oil-and-gas royalties, 214 plaintiffs sued Devon Energy Production Company, alleging underpayment exceeding $100 million in Texas state court.
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Elections Have Consequences – Why Oklahoma’s Amended Horizontal Pooling Rule May Prove to be Difficult to Apply

March 2024 – It is well established that forced pooling under Oklahoma law is done on a “unit-wide basis rather than on an individual wellbore ...
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Oliva Gibbs Advises Silver Hill Energy Partners III, LP On North Dakota Acquisition

March 2024 — Oliva Gibbs advised client Silver Hill Energy Partners III, LP in connection with the acquisition of oil and gas properties, rights and ...
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The Texas Division Order Statute: How It Works and Who It Serves to Protect

March 2024 - Delve into the evolving landscape of oil and gas transactions with an exploration of the Texas Division Order Statute.
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If the Lease Requires Notice, Then Provide Notice: Simple Enough?

February 2024 – In Kirkbride v. Antero Res. Corp., the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals examines a dispute over an oil and gas lease's notice ...
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Flipping the Switch on Disputed Gas Royalty Payments: On Lease v. Off Lease

February 2024 – Discover the legal complexities surrounding Texas gas royalty payments in this case summary exploring disputes over off-premises gas usage payments, ...
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February 2024 – Oliva Gibbs has been recognized as one of Texas' top mid-sized law firms for Energy & Natural Resources work in the 2024 ...
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The Suspense is Killing Me! – When Formal Notice May be Required Under North Dakota’s Suspense Statute

February 2024 – In Powell v. Statoil Oil & Gas LP, the North Dakota Supreme Court examined the implications of failing to notify a suspended ...
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Forgive Us Our Trespasses? Not if the BLM Has Anything to Say About It

February 2024 – In True Oil LLC v. BLM, the Wyoming Federal District Court addressed whether a surface owner could grant a subsurface easement through ...
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