How Montana Fossil Ruling Could Affect Oil And Gas Cos.

Law360 (February 18, 2020, 5:31 PM EST) -- Perhaps one of the most entertaining introductions to an opinion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit comes from a ruling that has been vacated by the court en banc:

Once upon a time, in a place now known as Montana, dinosaurs roamed the land. On a fateful day, some 66 million years ago, two such creatures, a 22-foot-long theropod and a 28-foot-long ceratopsian, engaged in mortal combat. While history has not recorded the circumstances surrounding this encounter, the remnants of these Cretaceous species, interlocked in combat, became entombed under a pile of sandstone. That was then ......

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