As of 9/9/2013 Levene Gouldin & Thompson is pleased to report that its force majeure litigation against Chesapeake Energy and Statoilhydro on behalf of over 200 landowners has been resolved with an agreement to release all leases. In November of last year, United States District Court Judge David Hurd granted the landowners' motion for summary judgment ruling that a force majeure event had not occurred in New York and that the oil and gas leases were terminated. Aukema v. Chesapeake [...]



On July 9, 2013, Sandra Malkin was appointed as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Shale Energy Law Committee.  Ms. Malkin's appointment will run through the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in May of 2014.  Please feel free to contact Ms. Malkin directly with regard to any issues or comments you would like her to present to the Committee.


On June 13, 2013, Scott Kurkoski was a speaker for the American Bar Association's webinar: Mineral Law Issues for the Non-Oil and Gas Lawyer. Mr. Kurkoski's section was entitled "Municipal Home Rule and Bans on Oil & Gas Drilling". The live webinar was presented to participants from around the country



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