WE REPRESENT MINERAL OWNERS AGAINST CHESAPEAKE:

Circelli, Walter & Young, PLLC is a litigation boutique firm based in Fort Worth, Texas that has knowledge and experience fighting for mineral owners in litigation against Chesapeake for underpaid royalties.

CWY Law recently represented over 13,000 mineral owners covering tens of thousands of mineral acres in the Barnett Shale against Chesapeake for underpayment of royalties. Chesapeake agreed to settle these cases for $52.5 million, provided that all the represented mineral owners agreed to the deal. Ultimately,  91% of the 13,000 clients—representing 97.15% of the natural gas production—agreed to accept an out-of-court settlement with Chesapeake. 

The attorneys received 39% of this gross recovery ($19,891,462) and $2.1 million was set aside for expenses, including $1 million for experts. Click on the following links to see news articles about the $52.5 million Barnett Shale settlement with Chesapeake:
Original Chesapeake Barnett Shale Settlement
Final Chesapeake Barnett Shale Settlement


CURRENT EAGLE FORD LAWSUITS AGAINST CHESAPEAKE

After settling the Barnett Shale litigation with Chesapeake, we set our eyes on Chesapeake’s operations in the Eagle Ford Shale. Together with Christian, Smith & Jewell, LLP (“CJS”), CWY Law is more than equipped to handle your royalty underpayment concerns.  

We currently represent more than 40 mineral owners from the McMullen, La Salle, and Dimmit Counties in lawsuits against Chesapeake and their joint venture partner the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (and affiliates). The leases for most of the settling Plaintiffs in the Barnett Shale were not as customized as the leases for the Plaintiffs we currently represent in the Eagle Ford Shale.       

Similar to the Barnett Shale lawsuits, the lawsuits in the Eagle Ford Shale allege that Chesapeake breached leases by, among other things, underpaying royalties; improperly deducting post-production and transportation costs; failing to pay royalty owners on their correct ownership interest; failing to act as a reasonably prudent operator; and impermissibly pooling certain properties. The lawsuits also allege that Chesapeake violated the Texas Natural Resources Code.

To see an example of one of the petitions filed in those cases, click on the following link:
McMullen County Chesapeake Petition.

Please keep in mind that these are not Class Action lawsuits. We are filing individual claims for royalty owners only and grouping them into lawsuits by county. This means that if you do not file a claim, you will not recover any money in the event of a judgment or settlement of these lawsuits (even if your neighbor who did file a claim does receive money).  

Please also be advised that results may vary and depend on the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case. 

WE HANDLE CASES ON A CONTINGENCY FEE BASIS:

We represent all landowners on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not earn any money unless we recover money for you. If we do recover money for you, all costs or expenses advanced or incurred by us will be deducted from the total recovery obtained for our clients. Our contingency fee will then be computed on the total recovery amount, after deduction for costs, expenses, or disbursements.  

Click here to see an example of one of our Contingency Fee Contracts.

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If you think you may have been underpaid by Chesapeake and want to learn more, please attend one of the following upcoming town hall* meetings:

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