landowner dispute Archive

Hess Corporation Deals Serious Blow to Industry

On September 24, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled against the Hess Corporation in a very landowner-friendly decision. Judge Algernon Marbley granted summary judgment in favor of landowners, who argued their oil and gas lease lapsed because Hess failed to drill on the property within the primary term. Despite […]

Belmont County Landowner Claims Fraud in XTO Lease

One Belmont County landowner looks to be stuck with the terms of her $5/acre oil and gas lease with XTO Energy, Inc. (XTO) and Phillips Exploration, Inc. (Phillips), despite her claims of fraud (among other things) against the original lessor, Reserve Energy Exploration Company (Reserve). In a decidedly producer-friendly decision, Judge Linton D. Lewis Jr., […]