Another Confirmation for Defendants in Louisiana Legacy Lawsuits

While oil and gas company-defendants—and several courts alike—have deemed the applicability of the subsequent purchaser doctrine to mineral leases a settled issue of law, plaintiff-landowners have continued to argue otherwise.  A landowner in a recent Louisiana legacy lawsuit filed a Supreme Court writ application challenging a dismissal based upon the subsequent purchaser doctrine.  On February 18, the Supreme Court denied the writ application, maintaining in force the dismissal of all claims against defendants BP America Production Company and BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas), Inc.  Liskow lawyers Kelly Becker, Katie Roth, and Kathryn Gonski served as appellate counsel.