by Nelson Cole
It was recently discovered my grandfather signed to join in a lawsuit just before he passed away. The lawsuit is a dispute regarding who owns the mineral rights (i.e. the oil & gas) under the 300 acres: the Whorton Family (and others) or an oil exploration company who leased the mineral rights in 1982.
At the trial court, the Whorton Family won. In the attached appellate decision, the court of appeals reversed the trial court’s decision and sent the case back for a full trial on the issue. The explanation for the court’s decision and analysis of the energy companies actions are provided below. Continue reading