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Gas Well in New Mexico

This class action takes on Southland Royalty Company, LLC on the subject of royalties for some 300 gas leases in which it has an interest. The complaint alleges that Southland permits third-party operators to work its leases and that these third-party operators do not pay the full amount of what is owed in royalties. The complaint claims that Southland is ultimately responsible for the payments.

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This class action concerns the nonpayment and late payment of oil and gas royalties. The complaint alleges that FourPoint Energy, LLC uses improper accounting methods, including taking improper deductions, that it does not account for or pay all royalties from wells, and that it does not pay the required interest when it makes late payments. 

Natural Gas Wells

This class action concerns royalties on the wells of Camino Natural Resources, LLC. The complaint alleges “knowing and willful underpayment or non-payment of royalties and oil-and-gas proceeds from wells through improper accounting methods…”

SolarCity Van

Do you have solar panels on your home? Were they provided and installed by SolarCity or—under its new name—Tesla Energy Operations? Unfortunately, they might be a fire hazard. Walmart filed a lawsuit on August 20, 2019 against Tesla, claiming that its stores have had seven fires caused by the Tesla/SolarCity panel rooftop installations.

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The complaint for this class action tells a familiar story: An alternative retail energy supplier encourages customers to switch from their old supplier by promising competitive variable rates. The customer switches, then discovers that rates are higher and seem to “vary” mostly in one direction. In this case, the retail energy supplier is Spark Energy, LLC. 

Power Lines

Gateway Energy Services Corporation is settling a class action alleging that it set rates for residential variable-rate electricity and gas plans in a way that was contrary to its contract obligations and applicable laws.

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More than one class action has shown the difficulties of knowing how much competing energy companies will charge customers once their initial teaser rates have expired. This complaint alleges that Verde Energy USA, Inc. rolls customers over into expensive “variable rate” plans that don’t seem to vary much when rates fall. 

Texas Flag, American Flag, and XTO Flag Flying from Front of Building

Ordinary landowners sometimes lease their land to companies that extract oil, gas, or minerals from it. Unfortunately, these lessors do not have much insight into the records or billing processes of the extraction companies involved. The complaint for this class action alleges that XTO Energy, Inc. makes improper deductions from the natural gas royalties it owes to landowners in the Fayetteville Shale area of Arkansas.

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In deregulated electricity markets, how do consumers choose their provider? Usually by price. The complaint for this class action alleges that Spark Energy, LLC had a deceptive variable rate that did not vary with the market and charged customers administrative fees they were not expecting.

Big Ox Energy Facility in South Sioux City

It’s possible to make energy out of waste materials. Big Ox Energy, LLC has a facility for doing just that in South Sioux City, Nebraska. However, the complaint for this class action claims that Big Ox’s facility is not properly maintained and operated, causing noxious odors to escape into the surrounding community. 

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