Month: March 2016

  • A wave of royalty lawsuits against Chesapeake Energy Corp. is starting in South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale oil field, with mineral owners accusing the company of underpaying them and charging expenses that breached their contracts. The cases echo previous lawsuits filed by mineral owners against Chesapeake in the Barnett Shale, a natural gas field in the Fort Worth area. "You'll see a tidal wave of royalty suits coming up in the Eagle Ford," said Daniel Charest...

  • Already besieged by lawsuits challenging royalty payments in the Barnett Shale, Chesapeake Energy now faces similar accusations of underpaying landowners in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas by more than $9.4 million. The landowners have also sought a declaration on whether or not their leases have terminated. “When gas prices went low, lawsuits kicked in and with oil going down you will see more lawsuits from oil-related plays,” Daniel Charest...

  • Mr. Blackstone Dilworth, his family members and related parties—mineral owners of approximately 15,900 acres in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale oil and gas play—have hired Daniel Charest and Burns Charest LLP to lead a legal action for unpaid royalties...

  • A class of oil and gas royalty owners has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corporation, SandRidge Energy Corp. and former SandRidge CEO Tom Ward. The 14-page lawsuit, filed by attorneys with the Dallas-based law firm Burns Charest LLP, alleges that the defendants violated federal antitrust laws by rigging bids and limiting competition for oil and gas leases in northwest Oklahoma....