Mineral Royalty Rights Dispute Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Consumers & Landowners
The right to own land—and the minerals beneath that land—is one of the greatest privileges we have in the United States. As such, ownership of mineral and royalty rights have been fought with guns and gavels in this country for over a hundred years.
Historically, oil and gas companies have cheated consumers out of billions of dollars in wrongfully withheld royalties for decades. Sometimes, this withholding of payment by the oil and gas companies is inadvertent, but it is more often intentional. Regardless of the oil and gas company’s motive, consumers have a right to seek redress for their damages.
If you feel you’ve been cheated out of royalties for your property’s minerals or have another mineral royalty rights dispute, contact the lawyers at Potts Law Firm right away. We have extensive experience representing clients in all types of energy law matters, including mineral royalty rights disputes, energy contract disputes, and more. We understand the complex laws and regulations related to your case and can develop an innovative legal strategy aimed at protecting your rights.
Call us at (888) 420-1299 or reach us online using our secure contact form to request a complimentary consultation with our firm today.
Understanding Mineral Royalty Rights in the U.S.
When minerals are mined from land owned by a private landowner, the company that mines the minerals must typically pay royalties—or fees—to the landowner. These fees are based on a portion of the income earned from mining the minerals and can be either a fixed amount based on overall production or a percentage of the production value.
Mineral rights are separate from surface rights. It is possible for one party—often the landowner—to maintain sole surface rights while another party—such as an oil or gas company—to retain mineral rights. When this occurs, the entity with mineral rights should pay a royalty fee to the party with surface rights. Unfortunately, many oil and gas companies fail to pay mandated royalties, thereby cheating landowners and consumers out of fair payment.
In the U.S., most states have their own laws regarding how mineral rights are transferred from one entity to another. At Potts Law Firm, we understand these laws and how they may impact your rights. In addition to handling complex mineral rights transactions, we represent consumers in mineral rights litigation, royalty disputes, and mineral and royalty ownership rights disputes throughout the country. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your rights and how Potts Law Firm can fight for you.
What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered in a Mineral Royalty Claim?
If you believe you have been underpaid or otherwise cheated by the oil and gas company, you have the right to take legal action. By initiating mineral royalty rights litigation, you can seek fair compensation for financial and non-financial losses, or damages, you have incurred as a result of the oil and gas company’s wrongful practices.
Depending on the specific details of your situation, you could be entitled to compensation for the following types of damages:
- Lost money from withheld royalty payments
- Lost money from depleted mineral rights
- Surface damages
We strongly advise that you work with an experienced mineral royalty rights attorney, like those at Potts Law Firm, who can assist you with your claim. We understand the ins and outs of U.S. mineral royalty rights laws, as well as state-specific regulations and proceedings. Our team can advise you on the best course of action, as well as help you navigate every aspect of the legal process.
What If There Is No Contract with the Oil & Gas Company?
Landowners that do not have contracts with oil and gas companies that extract or drill for minerals on their land can still seek damages as long as they have some fraction of the applicable mineral rights. It is very important that you work with an experienced attorney, as it can be very difficult—but not impossible—to pursue damages without a contract or lease.
Potts Law Firm can assist you if you believe you may have a claim against an oil or gas company without the presence of a contract or lease. Reach out to us right away to discuss your legal rights and options during a free and confidential consultation.
Request a Free Consultation with Our Firm Today
Learn how the mineral royalty rights dispute lawyers at Potts Law Firm can assist you with your mineral rights and royalty matter. We offer complimentary consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not pay anything upfront and only owe litigation-related expenses if/when we win your case.
Contact us online or call (888) 420-1299 today.
We help clients resolve all types of mineral royalty rights disputes and related matters, including but not limited to:
- Royalty fee underpayments
- Failure to pay royalty fees
- Mineral and surface rights disputes
- Improper or excessive deductions
- Contract disputes, including breach of contract
- Unleased mineral owner costs deductions
- Post-production costs deduction claims
Our firm has extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry, as well as a long track record of success in this complex and highly nuanced area of law. We have earned a national reputation for our swift, thorough approach to litigation, along with our aggressive advocacy on behalf of our clients.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
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