Texas Justices Say RRC Lacks Sole Claim To Sabine Fight

Law360, New York (April 28, 2017, 8:00 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court held Friday that the state's oil and gas regulator doesn't have exclusive jurisdiction over a landowner's radioactive contamination claims against Sabine Oil & Gas Corp., refusing to wipe out a $22.7 million arbitration award that was confirmed by a lower court.

In an opinion written by Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and joined by seven other justices, the court said that an administrative agency like the Texas Railroad Commission can only decide nonjudicial issues, and therefore the RRC doesn't have exclusive jurisdiction over the claims of landowner James McAllen such that the award and judgment should be vacated....

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