$1B Ancestral Mineral Rights Claim Blocked By Texas Court

Law360, Houston (October 4, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday disagreed with a group’s claim in a $1 billion lawsuit that it is the true owner of land and mineral rights being developed by Windward Oil and Gas Corp., finding its interest was transferred more than 160 years ago.

The Thirteenth Court of Appeals held that Amparo Cortina’s argument that he, and numerous other descendants of Mexican nationals Carmen and Delfina Balli, owned more than 2 percent of Padre Island was belied by a court-approved conveyance of the lands in...
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