Arbitration Order Nixed In La. Mineral Rights Fight

Law360, New York (August 21, 2009, 2:48 PM EDT) -- A state appeals court has reversed a trial court's ruling that a group of homeowners in Northwestern Louisiana is required to enter into arbitration with a homebuilder the plaintiffs accuse of fraud and breach of contract in a dispute over natural gas under their homes.

Louisiana's Second Circuit Court of Appeal concluded Aug. 19 that the homeowners in the case never agreed to binding arbitration with James M. Brown Builder Inc. and other defendants on mineral rights.

The plaintiffs in the case, a putative class of...
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