Landowners Get Class Cert. In Anadarko Drilling Dispute

Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT) -- Defying the recommendation of a magistrate judge, a Colorado federal judge on Thursday granted limited class certification to the owners of surface rights on tracts of land where they say Anadarko Petroleum Corp. flouted agreements and used inefficient drilling techniques.

Under the ruling, U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger certified the class, but on a restricted basis — only to answer certain legal questions raised in the suit under the watch of a magistrate judge. When the questions surrounding whether Anadarko overstepped the surface-rights owners' rights...
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