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The Constructive Notice Doctrine in Action

Posted in Land Titles, Title Issues

Today’s “pay attention” edition begins with a quiz. What is the most important thing to read carefully: a. Speed limit sign in small-town (insert name of Southern state). b. Itinerary for that dream vacation, the one with multiple layovers of varying durations in airports and time zones far from your own. c. Title documents to which you affix… Continue Reading

The Well Operator Should Have Listened To My Mother

Posted in Royalty Disputes, Title Issues

My mother used to give us good advice.  For example:  Don’t lie … do your homework.  Sabella v. Appalachian Development Corporation agrees with my mother. Sabella bought minerals in 1997 under 66 acres in Warren County, Pennsylvania, on which the Haners had two producing wells (under a 144-acre lease from the Harveys). They weren’t paying royalties to Sabella. When given… Continue Reading

When Is a Notice-Of-Assignment Clause Not Effective?

Posted in Land Titles, Lease Disputes

A provision in a contract, no matter how unequivocal, does not always trump the law. The oil and gas lease allowed assignments, but no change or division in ownership of  the land or royalties would be binding on the lessee until the acquiring party had furnished lessee with the instruments constituting his chain of title from the original lessor. Jones v. Clem says… Continue Reading