ND Caps Flaring Class Actions Against Gas Companies
June 6, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
Law360, New York (June 6, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT) -- A North Dakota federal judge recently dismissed a group of proposed class actions alleging certain oil and gas companies operating in the state underpaid royalties on natural gas flared from their operations. Plaintiffs alleged the companies continued to flare long past the time period permitted by state law and sought payment of royalties on the flared gas.
After a consolidated hearing on the companies’ motions to dismiss, the court held that plaintiffs had filed suit before properly exhausting their administrative remedies before the North Dakota Industrial...