Lessors’ breach of contract class action against Glencrest Resources, LLC certified by court
FORT WORTH, TEXAS—A Tarrant County, Texas district court judge certified a class action lawsuit on January 24, 2012 brought by landowners against an oil and gas development company for failure to pay bonus payments. The style of case is Ellis, Individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated vs. Glencrest Resources, LLC, et al. The breach of contract claim was certified to proceed as a class action on behalf of approximately 700 landowners against Glencrest Resources, LLC. Glencrest Resources, LLC sought oil, gas and mineral leases in the Barnett Shale from landowners mainly situated in the Forest Hills and south Fort Worth areas of Texas. The company promised bonus payments for the execution of oil, gas and mineral leases. However, in almost every instance, the landowners were not paid their bonus payments as promised.
“We believe the trial court correctly interpreted and followed Texas law in certifying this class action on behalf of landowners who were not paid bonus payments,” said attorney John David Hart. “This case meets the four requirements set out by Texas law of numerosity, commonality, typicality and superiority for class action certification. This is an important step in the process to protect the landowners’ rights in this matter.”
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Conformed Order Granting Plaintiff’s Motion and Reply and Supplemental Motion for Class Certification and Order Appointing Class Counsel