Texas Court Tosses Oil Co.'s Royalty Suit Against Ex-Worker

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court ruled Thursday that under state law, a suit brought by a Houston oil and gas developer seeking to reclaim royalty interests held by a former employee could not be heard in Harris County.

The First Court of Appeals ruled that because Smith Energy Corp. is seeking a forfeiture of mineral interests it assigned to its former landman Mark P. Hardwick, the suit must be heard in one of several counties where the interests are located.

“Smith Energy in substance seeks, as part...
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