The Court has entered two orders: (1) Order Preliminarily Approving Class Settlement; and (2) Order on Class Certification for Settlement Purposes.
In the Orders, the Court defined the Settlement Class as described below:
All persons who are or were royalty owners in Oklahoma wells where Defendants (Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Pure Partners, L.P., Union Oil Company of California, Chevron Midcontinent, L.P., Four Star Oil & Gas Co., and McFarland Energy, Inc. (including their affiliated predecessors and affiliated successors) are or were the operator (or a working interest owner who marketed its share of gas and directly paid royalties to the royalty owners) from December 1, 2009 production to the date judgment is signed. The Class claims relate to royalty payments for gas and its constituents (such as residue gas, natural gas liquids, helium, nitrogen, or drip condensate).
Excluded from the Class are: (1) agencies, departments or instrumentalities of the United States of America, including but not limited to the U.S. Department of the Interior (the United States, Indian tribes, and Indian allottees); (2) the State of Oklahoma or any of its agencies or departments that own royalty interests; (3) Defendants, their affiliates, predecessors, and employees, officers, and directors; (4) any publicly traded company or their affiliated entity that produces, gathers, processes, or markets gas; (5) the claims of royalty owners to the extent covered by arbitration clauses or prior settlement agreements, if any, still in effect at the time suit was filed herein; (6) overriding royalty owners and others whose interest was carved out from the lessee’s interest; (7) royalty owners who had already filed and still had pending lawsuits for underpayment of royalties against Defendants as of September 1, 2017; (8) royalty owners only to the extent they take gas in-kind, if any; and, (9) royalty owners only to the extent receiving “Blanchard” payments (payments by Defendants of proceeds received from other working interest owners who marketed their own share of gas).
The Court has designated Mary Katherine Harris as the Class Representative of the Settlement Class and appointed the below named lawyers from three law firms as Settlement Class Counsel:
Rex. A. Sharp
Rex. A. Sharp, P.A
5301 W. 75th Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Reagan E. Bradford, Ryan K. Wilson, Margaret E. Robertson
THE LANIER LAW FIRM
431 W. Main Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
GARVIN AGEE CARLTON, P.C.
101 E. Grant Avenue
P. O. Box 10
Pauls Valley, OK 73075-0010