Challenging Oil, Gas Leases Is A Team Sport In Texas

Law360, New York (March 29, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT) -- A February 2012 case from the Beaumont Court of Appeals in Texas may result in making the practice of taking top leases and challenging the validity of the underlying leases and units more difficult. The case, Kodiak Resources Inc. v. Smith, reversed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the lessors of an oil and gas lease, holding that the trial court abused its discretion by failing to order joinder of all the parties to the underlying lease.

In Kodiak, some of the...
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