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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Court Favors Surface Owner in Dormant Mineral Act Ruling
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Walker v. Noon was recently decided by the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals. Walker is noteworthy because it is the first appellate level decision addressing the automatic reversion provision under the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Ohio Appellate Court Adopts Fixed ‘Look Back’ Period For 1989 Dormant Mineral Act
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In the recent 7th District Court of Appeals case of Eisenbarth v. Reusser , 7th Dist. Monroe No. 13 MO 10, 2014-Ohio-3792 [ enhanced opinion available to subscribers ], the court determined that the “look back” period for the 1989... 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 subscribers ], the Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered a per... Read More

The Dunham Rule: An Anachronistic Law That Plagues Pennsylvania Property Law
Posted on 12 Jul 2010 by Lisa McManus

In a normal conveyance between private parties in Pennsylvania, the so-called “Dunham Rule ” governs whether use of the term "minerals" includes or excludes oil and natural gas. Dunham & Shortt v. Kirkpatrick , 101 Pa. 36 (1882... Read More