Co-author Julia Edwards
This “most-favored-nations” clause in three oil and gas leases on land in LaSalle County, Texas, was at issue in EP Energy E&P Co., L.P. v. Storey Minerals, Ltd.:
If … the lessee … acquires an Oil and Gas Lease [on certain lands] on such terms that the … bonus … [is] greater than th[at] provided to be paid to lessor hereunder, lessee … agrees that it will execute an amendment to this lease, effective as of the date of the third party lease on the leased premises, to provide that the lessor hereunder shall receive thereafter the same percentage (per net mineral acre) … bonus … as any subsequent lessor of the leased premises to the extent that such … bonus … [is] greater than those provided to be paid herein. … “
In the end, as a result of lessee EP’s subsequent leases lessors (MSP) were entitled to increased bonuses on leases from the time prior to execution of the triggering lease. Once again, a court applied the plain, ordinary, and generally accepted meaning of the contract.
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