Ark. High Court Knocks Down Gas Lease Challenge

Law360, New York (March 3, 2011, 4:39 PM EST) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a $32 million deal under which the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission created gas leases with private companies for mineral exploration on agency land, allegedly endangering wildlife habitat.

In a ruling Thursday, the high court said the Arkansas Circuit Court for Pulaski County was right to throw out plaintiff James Dockery's complaint because it was “factually and legally deficient.”

At issue in the lawsuit are a series of gas leases for which private...
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