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Fleck, et al. v. Missouri River Royalty Corp., et al.

Docket No. 20150106
Oral Argument: Thursday, September 3, 2015 2:45pm

Docket Info

Title
Nathaniel Fleck and Alma Bergmann as
Co-Trustees of the George J. Fleck Trust, Plaintiffs and Appellants
v.
Missouri River Royalty Corporation,
Exxon Mobile Corporation, and
Mountain Pacific General Inc., Defendants and Appellees
Case Type
CIVIL APPEAL : OIL, GAS AND MINERALS
Appeal From
Case No. 2012-CV-00169
Northwest Judicial District, McKenzie County
Robin Ann Schmidt
2015 ND 287872 N.W.2d 329
Oral Argument 9/3/2015

Highlight

The term "production" as used in a "so long thereafter" clause and any related savings clause extending an oil and gas lease generally will be interpreted to mean "production in paying quantities."
To determine whether a well is producing in paying quantities, a court must consider whether the well has yielded a profit over the operating costs over a reasonable period of time and whether a reasonably prudent operator would continue to operate a well in the manner in which the well was operated under all of the relevant circumstances.


Briefs

Filing Date Description
06/22/2015 APPELLANT BRIEF (PDF) View
07/22/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF (Missouri River Royalty Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation)(PDF) View
07/23/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF (Mountain Pacific General Inc.)(PDF) View

Counsel

Party Type Name
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Michael D. Schoepf - 07076
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Dennis Edward Johnson - 03671
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Lawrence Bender - 03908
APPELLEE PRIVATE PRACTICE Zachary Evan Pelham - 05904
APPELLANT PRIVATE PRACTICE Ariston Edward Johnson - 06366

(Note: Attachments may not be available for recently filed cases and/or confidential documents.)

Seq. # Filing Date Description Attachment
1 04/13/2015 NOTICE OF APPEAL : 04/13/2015
2 04/13/2015 NOT. OF FILING NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
3 04/13/2015 Notice served on Dennis E. Johnson & Ariston E. Johnson,Zachary E. Pelham,
4 04/13/2015 Lawrence Bender & Michael Schoepf
5 05/05/2015 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED MAY 4, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 1-87)
6 05/18/2015 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF
7 05/19/2015 ACTION BY CLERK - Granted : 06/24/2015
8 05/27/2015 MOTION FOR REMAND
9 05/27/2015 E-FILED MOTION
10 06/02/2015 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE - Granted
11 06/02/2015 ORDER OF REMAND
12 06/02/2015 Order/Judgment Sent to Parties
13 06/05/2015 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JUNE 4, 2015 (ENTRY NOS.1-95)(Re-Filed)
14 06/18/2015 Amended Notice of Appeal
15 06/19/2015 NOT. OF FILING AMENDED NOT. OF APPEAL AND PROOF OF SERV.
16 06/19/2015 Notice served on Dennis E. Johnson & Ariston E. Johnson,Zachary E. Pelham,
17 06/19/2015 Lawrence Bender & Michael Schoepf
18 06/22/2015 APPELLANT BRIEF (PDF) View
19 06/22/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (PDF)
20 06/22/2015 APPELLANT APPENDIX
21 06/22/2015 E-FILED APPENDIX
22 06/23/2015 Rcv'd non-substantive corrections to ata (page numbers)
23 06/24/2015 Rcv'd $85 e-filing surcharge for atb & ata (receipt #23695)
24 07/13/2015 1ST ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JULY 10, 2015 (ENTRY NOS. 1-99)
25 07/17/2015 AMENED 1ST ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED JULY 16, 2015(ENTRY NOS. 1-100)
26 07/22/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF (Missouri River Royalty Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation)(PDF) View
27 07/22/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (Missouri River Royalty Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation)(PDF)
28 07/22/2015 APPELLEE APPENDIX (Missouri River Royalty Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation)
29 07/22/2015 E-FILED APPENDIX (Missouri River Royalty Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation)
30 07/23/2015 APPELLEE BRIEF (Mountain Pacific General Inc.)(PDF) View
31 07/23/2015 E-FILED BRIEF (Mountain Pacific General Inc.)(PDF)
32 07/27/2015 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (receipt #23745)(Moutain Pacific General Inc.)
33 07/28/2015 Rcv'd $25 e-filing surcharge for AEB (receipt #23755)(Missouri River Royalty)
34 07/27/2015 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB & 6 copies of AEA from CSD (Missouri River Royalty Corporation and Exxon Mobi
35 07/27/2015 Rcv'd 7 copies of AEB from CSD (Mountain Pacific General Inc.)
36 07/30/2015 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
37 08/10/2015 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : VandeWalle, Gerald W.
38 08/12/2015 NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
39 08/14/2015 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Graff, Benny A.
40 09/02/2015 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION : Kapsner, Carol Ronning
41 09/02/2015 SITTING WITH THE COURT : Maring, Mary Muehlen
42 09/03/2015 APPEARANCES: Dennis E. Johnson;Ariston E. Johnson; Zachary E. Pelham; Michael Schoepf
43 09/03/2015 ARGUED: Ariston E. Johnson; Michael Schoepf
44 09/03/2015 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
45 12/07/2015 DISPOSITION
46 12/07/2015 UNANIMOUS OPINION : Crothers, Daniel John View
47 12/07/2015 Costs taxed in favor of Appellants
48 12/08/2015 Judgment Sent to Parties
49 12/29/2015 MANDATE