DC Circ. Awards Apache Nation Extra Gas Royalties

Law360, New York (July 19, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that denied the Jicarilla Apache Nation added royalties in a dispute over leases for natural gas drilling on its reservations, holding that the U.S. Department of the Interior wrongly applied rules retroactively when it rejected the bid in 2007.

The DOI found that Jicarilla's royalty calculations for leases between 1984 and 1995 were inconsistent with federal regulations, but failed to consider that the regulations weren't in place until 1988, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court...
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