Texas High Court Will Hear $24M Contamination Suit After All

Law360, Houston (December 2, 2016, 3:38 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court reversed course Friday and decided to hear a case involving a $24.5 million judgment against Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. over radioactive contamination of a contracted landowner's property, withdrawing its May decision denying review.

Sabine, formerly known as Forest Oil Corp., had argued in a June motion for rehearing that the state Legislature gave the Texas Railroad Commission exclusive jurisdiction over its dispute with landowner James McAllen, and not the arbitration panel that awarded millions in declaratory relief and punitive damages to McAllen. Even McAllen's "creative pleadings" can't defeat the exclusive jurisdiction of the railroad commission, Sabine...

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