Vinson & Elkins has assumed the role of national
counsel representing domestic upstream E&P companies in royalty litigation
in nearly 20 jurisdictions across the United States. We call on our decades of
experience in assisting producers in oil, gas, shale, and CO2 royalty
disputes in state and federal courts nationwide, as well as in administrative
appeals of federal and state royalty claims. In addition to offering superior
guidance once a case has been filed, our team actively provides pre-litigation
advice and training on royalty-related issues.
Royalty Underpayment Claims & Class Actions
Royalty lawsuits represent one of the most rapidly evolving
categories of litigation in the country.
V&E’s Energy Litigation team is at the cutting edge of this field,
serving as lead counsel across the country in both individual lawsuits and in
class action lawsuits that have helped to shape both the procedural law of
class actions in many federal jurisdictions and the substantive law related to
the payment of royalties. Royalty class action suits can include claims for
payment covering thousands of lessors spanning decades, and V&E’s lawyers
have the procedural and substantive knowledge necessary to effectively litigate
both the class certification issues and merits issues raised by class claims.
Pre-Litigation Advice & Training
addition to offering superior guidance once a case has been filed, our
litigators offer pre-litigation advice on issues such as the royalty
implications of acquisitions and new marketing arrangements, recommended
changes to royalty payment practices, and calculation and payment of federal
royalties. We also provide training on issues relating to lease analysis,
division order deck set-up, booking of revenues and costs, and check stub
disclosures. Our clients regularly benefit from our thorough counseling and
training, which effectively preempts litigation or strategically positions
clients in the event litigation is necessary.