Gov't Tries To Nix Suit Over Mineral Rights Leases

Law360, New York (October 5, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. is seeking to toss a case brought by Petro-Hunt LLC that accuses the government of going back on a deal to protect the mineral rights of landowners who sold surface tracts to the National Forest Service and instead leasing the valuable properties to rival oil and gas exploration companies.

The takings dispute at issue has already been resolved by a previous ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims lacks jurisdiction because it may...
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