Our firm's natural resources and energy law practice encompasses the entire range of activities related to mineral exploration and development, including the acquisition and sale of producing oil and gas properties, title examination and contract drafting. It also includes appearances before the Kansas Corporation Commission in pooling, spacing and related matters.
Our firm has acquired a national reputation in matters relating to the production, regulation and sale of natural gas. For more than 40 years, our firm has represented the Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association and has been involved in class action litigation and regulatory disputes of unprecedented complexity concerning natural gas produced from the 1.7-million-acre Kansas Hugoton Field. This representation has involved appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeals, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Corporation Commission. A few of our firm's accomplishments include:
The enforcement, by class action, of royalty owner claims for underpayment of royalty on natural gas. The Kansas Supreme Court's adoption of our theory of recovery culminated in the recovery of more than $100 million in additional royalties for our firm's clients.
The enforcement, by class action, of royalty owner claims for the value of commingled helium produced from the Hugoton Field. These ongoing proceedings have resulted in the payment of helium royalty to tens of thousands of class members.
Recognition by the Kansas Supreme Court of the landowner's right to pre-judgment interest in suits for the recovery of underpaid royalties in nationwide class action litigation.
We are presently pursuing class action relief against major natural gas producers in three states on behalf of royalty owners.