BP Loses Bid To Quash Gas Lease Stakeholder Claims

Law360, New York (January 25, 2012, 7:41 PM EST) -- A federal judge in Kansas on Tuesday largely denied BP America Production Co.'s request to throw out claims brought by a class of gas lease stakeholders seeking royalty payments, finding that previous legal disputes did not render the allegations moot.

In a ruling on a summary judgment motion, U.S. District Judge Eric F. Melgren rejected BP's argument that the claims of lead plaintiff Gene R. Eatinger and a certified class of more than 2,200 royalty owners of BP-leased wells in Kansas should be precluded by res...
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