New Class Cert. Hearing Ordered In Phillips Gas Royalty Suit

Law360, Dallas (June 21, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said a trial judge wrongly allowed a class of landowners seeking natural gas royalties from ConocoPhillips to alter its claims without an additional certification hearing and without considering whether the class claims were barred by an earlier Supreme Court ruling.

In a unamimous decision, the court found a Fort Bend County trial judge wrongly abused his discretion when he allowed the 1,500-member class, led by plaintiff Royce Yarbrough, to add a claim Phillips Petroleum Co. breached its implied covenant to...
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