The oil and gas industry typically involves a fair amount of litigation. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC we handle a full-range of oil and gas related litigation, appeals, and other proceedings at the Bureau of Land Management, Interior Board of Land Appeals, state court, and federal court. Along with earning a Natural Resources Law Certificate, Joe Frick has also earned a certificate in Advocacy from Washburn University School of Law and has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Joe Frick Law, PLLC is dedicated to achieving his clients the best results possible in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We apply our expertise in the oil and gas industry along with our knowledge of the litigation process to aggressively fight for our clients.
Royalty disputes are a major contributor to oil and gas litigation. This may arise from inconsistencies and ambiguities contained within the oil and gas lease, claims that an oil and gas company is erroneously calculating a landowner’s royalty check, claims that an oil and gas company is wrongfully flaring gas when producing only oil, the correct calculation of the market value, and a number of other issues that arise. All the issues referenced involve careful examination of the specific lease terms, operations on the ground, and application of state and federal law. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC we can handle any royalty dispute in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, or Kansas. Although our offices are in Idaho, we have the capability of serving clients and obtaining the best results possible in any state.
An issue that regularly comes up that requires the initiation of legal proceeding is a dispute regarding title. This may arise between landowners, or even relatives, fighting over who owns the property because their mothers, grandparents, or other relatives were entitled to the mineral rights underlying the land and they are now the rightful owners. It also may arise between oil companies over who owns the title to specific operating rights, non-working interest, or overriding royalty interests. Whatever the title dispute is, Joe Frick Law, PLLC will fight for you to achieve your objective.
AREA OF MUTUAL INTEREST DISPUTES
An area of mutual interest agreements (AMIs) should address the specific geographic location of the land involved, how the interests are to be divided, at what stage of development the interests are to be divided, and the requirements of each party to earn or convey an interest in the area. However, area of mutual interest agreements often contain ambiguities that lead to litigation between oil companies regarding who is entitled to what percentage of interest within a specific area of oil and gas production. As with other issues, this involves a careful examination of the agreement itself and the operations of the parties involved. Joe Frick Law, PLLC will conduct an investigation and fight for our clients to get the interest that they are entitled to.
Oil and gas production necessarily includes operations both on the surface and subsurface of the property involved. The rights of an oil and gas company to operate on the property are governed by the specific lease or agreement in place, state law, and federal law. Oftentimes, there are disputes alleging that a company has exceeded its right under the agreement and require litigation to determine the company’s rights to operate. This may lead to a halt to production and significant impact on revenue. Joe Frick Law, PLLC will aggressively work to quickly resolve any trespass issue that may affect the rights of the parties involved.
OTHER AREAS OF PRACTICE
Joe Frick Law, PLLC represents clients in litigation to resolve issues relating to oil and gas production. We also represent clients in the following matters:
- Quiet title actions;
- Joint operating interest disputes;
- Non-operating interest owner disputes;
- Pooling and production spacing unit disputes;
- Lease disputes;
- Eminent Domain;
- Any other litigation matter that may arise relating to oil and gas production.
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If you are facing oil and gas related litigation, contact us today for a consultation. Our trial lawyers have the ability to represent you throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas, and North Dakota.