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March 11, 2019

Burns Charest Client Wins Summary Judgment in Permian Dispute over Mineral Interests

Burns Charest client, Dodge Resource Partners, LLC has obtained a summary judgment ruling on liability in a case involving a purchase and sale agreement in which Dodge was to sell mineral interests located in Howard County, Texas, to the defendant. When the defendant failed to close the deal, Dodge retained Burns Charest to protect the company’s rights and enforce the contract.

The Burns Charest team, including Managing Partner Daniel Charest and Staff Attorney Megan Altobelli, filed the lawsuit in Midland County, Texas and developed a strategy to seek an early summary judgment. The team pushed the pace on discovery, including depositions of the key players and demands for documents. At the summary judgment hearing, Judge George D. Gilles interpreted the contract in favor of Dodge and awarded summary judgment.

“We are pleased that our first Midland-filed case resulted in such a clear win for the client,” said Charest. “As oil and gas deals flow through the Permian Basin, some will find their way to court. We are looking to increase our profile locally and anticipate being on the forefront of those events. The client is happy with the result, so this was a great way to start.”

The case is Dodge Resource Partners, LLC v. Zahav Land Group, LLC, Cause No. 54372, in the 142nd District Court, Midland County, Texas.