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Federal Judge Approves $22 Million Settlement of Royalty Class Action Litigation

On March 17, 2011, United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin approved a settlement that could be worth more than $22 Million between Range Resources and a class of over 25,000 landowners/lessors. Judge McLaughlin then issued an Order of Court amending the impacted leases in accordance with the...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Narrowly Interprets Preemption in Surface Mining Act

By David L. Hotchkiss The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in a decision which narrowly interprets the preemption provision of the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act of November 30, 1971. On November 23, 2011, the Court decided Hoffman Mining Co. v. Zoning Hearing Board...

Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Butler Case

By Russell L. Schetroma On April 3, 2012 in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate ex rel. Warren, 760 MAL 2011, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 716 (Pa. Apr. 3, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered a per curiam order granting an Allowance of Appeal of the...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Good Faith Test of Production in Paying Quantities

By Russell L. Schetroma , Nathaniel I. Holland On Monday, March 26, 2012, in T.W. Phillips Gas & Oil Co. v. Jedlicka , No. 19 WAP 2009, 2012 Pa. LEXIS 627 (Pa. Mar. 26, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed and expanded its rule...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Producing ‘In Paying Quantities’ Under Oil and Gas Lease

In a long-awaited decision issued Monday, March 26, 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a court must consider an operator's good-faith judgment in continuing to operate a well in determining whether a well is producing "in paying quantities" under the terms of an oil and gas...

Fulbright Hydraulic Fracking Blog: Pa. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Appeal in Butler Case

On April 3, 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted a petition for allowance of appeal in the Butler case . In Butler , the Superior Court overturned the decision of a Court of Common Pleas regarding deed language, specifically the definition of "minerals" as it relates to oil and gas rights...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a unanimous opinion ( Butler v. Charles Power Estate , No. 27 MAP 2012) by Justice Baer issued April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the Dunham Rule, holding that a reservation of minerals in a deed does not reserve the gas in...