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Fulbright Hydraulic Fracking Blog: Pa. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Appeal in Butler Case
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Norton Rose Fulbright

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"... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Narrowly Interprets Preemption in Surface Mining Act
Posted on 1 Mar 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Producing ‘In Paying Quantities’ Under Oil and Gas Lease
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Babst Calland

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"... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Affirms Good Faith Test of Production in Paying Quantities
Posted on 5 Apr 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Butler Case
Posted on 4 Apr 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

Federal Judge Approves $22 Million Settlement of Royalty Class Action Litigation
Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Babst Calland

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... Read More