Texas Appeals Panel Overturns Lease Extension Judgment On Due Process Grounds

Mealey's (June 16, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT) -- SAN ANTONIO — A unanimous Fourth District Texas Court of Appeals panel issued an opinion May 21, 2014, overturning summary judgment for property owners seeking a declaratory judgment that an oil and natural gas lease cannot be extended by shut-in royalty payments for nonproducing wells; the panel ruled that failure to consider a third-party motion to reconsider violated the third parties’ due process rights (PNP Petroleum, et al. v. Edna Earnest Taylor, et al, No. 13-445, Texas App., 4th Dist.; 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 5402)....
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