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Shell cannot dodge Class Action Over Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Bonuses

By John Donovan

A Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Coni has ruled on the side of Pennsylvania landowners in a class action alleging a Royal Dutch Shell PLC U.S. subsidiaries SWEPI LP (formally known as Shell Western E&P) and Shell Energy Holding GP, LLC failed to pay contractual bonuses on oil and gas leases.

The class action is being prosecuted by Thomas J. Walney (“Walney”) and Rodney A. Bedow, Sr. (“Bedow”) on behalf of certain Pennsylvania landowners who executed gas and oil leases for the benefit of SWEPI LP.

In this action, Walney and Bedow (collectively, “plaintiffs”) allege that SWEPI LP and its general partner, Shell Energy Holding GP, LLC, failed to pay bonus monies that were owed to the various class members under the terms of their respective leases.

The above information is extracted from the court docs below. Basically, Shell tried to have the case thrown out, but the Judge decided otherwise. 

Opinion referred to in Court Order below: Filed 20 April 2018: 55 pages 

Court Order Publication date 24 April 2018 (One page)

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