Judge Won't Toss Migrating Gas Spat In Kansas

Law360, New York (November 10, 2009, 4:07 PM EST) -- A Kansas federal court has denied dismissal bids from several energy companies in a spat over the ownership rights to migrating gas, rejecting arguments that claims from Northern Natural Gas Co. constituted claim-splitting and were barred under the doctrine of res judicata.

Judge Wesley E. Brown, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, ruled Friday that Northern's latest claims against Nash Oil & Gas Inc., Val Energy Inc. and L.D. Drilling Inc. rely on new information, thereby surviving the res judicata argument, and...
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