Oil and gas leases generally include provisions for the payment of royalties. The operator of the well is required to pay royalties to the owner of the minerals when the well produces. The amount paid is generally a predetermined percentage based on the leases in effect and the allowable deductions. In many cases, the landowner is entitled to payment from the operator to maintain the lease even if there is no current production. In some cases, however, the operators fail to live up to their end of the bargain.
Legal disputes over royalty payments are not uncommon. However, in many cases, the owner of the minerals is often unaware of the extent of the underpayments or improper deductions by the operator. These cases are often complex, time consuming, and require extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry and payment practices of operators to fully develop and litigate. Smith Stag can help you determine if you have been taken advantage of by and oil and gas operator and help you seek justice.
Representing Land and Mineral Owners in Mineral Royalty Disputes
We represent clients involved in a range of mineral disputes:
- Underpayment of royalties
- Improper deductions
- Claims for post-production cost deductions
- Failure to appropriately market production
- Breach of contract
Our knowledge of the oil and gas industry, combined with years of experience fighting for justice against major oil and gas companies, can be of great benefit to you. Whether your dispute involves disagreements about gas and royalty terms or breach of contract, talk to an attorney from our team to learn how we can help.
Contact an Attorney for Your Mineral Royalty Disputes
To learn how we can help you resolve a mineral royalty dispute, call Smith Stag at 504-593-9600 or contact us online today.
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