Oil Royalty Mediation Fails; Court Challenge Resumes

Law360, New York (March 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Mediation to resolve a dispute over royalties between oil company Anadarko Petroleum and the U.S. Interior Department ended in stalemate Wednesday—just a day before Thursday’s court deadline to reach a settlement.

The failed talks mean pending court action to challenge the government’s authority to collect royalties on deepwater leases in the Gulf of Mexico will now resume.

A joint status report filed late Thursday revealed the parties were no closer to agreement now than they were when mediation was ordered last December.

“Although the parties participated...
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