Texas Couple Sues Talisman Energy for Unpaid Royalties

by Elizabeth Alford on October 13, 2016

Texas couple sues Talisman Energy for unpaid royalties on their property in the Eagle Ford Shale.

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Eugene and Kimberly Cran, filed suit last week against Talisman Energy (Repsol). The couple claims they were underpaid for their royalties for oil wells on their land in DeWitt County.

In 2013, the Crans entered into a lease agreement with both Talisman and StatOil USA, who would each share responsibility for drilling and operating the wells. Each would also pay a 50-50 share of the royalties. They became suspicious when their royalty checks from Talisman were consistently lower than those from StatOil. The couple turned to the courts when they could get no reasonable answers from the company.

The suit alleges that Talisman “From at least June 2013, Talisman Energy USA Inc has systematically failed and refused to pay Plaintiff(s) the full royalties due and owing according to their mineral rights and leases.” 

The suit also states that Talisman didn’t understand the complexity of the Texas law related to oil and gas agreements and that they ‘overestimated’ their capability in this case.

The Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP represents the Crans as well as more that 100 additional royalty owners in the Eagle Ford. The firm plans to file more royalty payment lawsuits again Talisman over the next few weeks.

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