Texas High Court Lets Oil Royalty Class Cert. Bid Proceed

Law360, Houston (February 22, 2013, 5:40 PM EST) -- Texas’ highest court ruled Friday that a group of 2,000 landowners who say the state owes them oil and gas royalties shouldn't have been denied class certification based on possible conflicts among putative class members, including a settlement some of them signed.

The Texas Supreme Court held that a settlement agreement disqualifying 80 landowners from the class action, as well as possible disputes among the remaining plaintiffs about the amount of royalties they are individually owed, weren't sufficient reasons to reject class certification.

“The existence of...
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