Tenth Circuit unanimously rules for leading energy producers in Osage County

McAfee & Taft was pleased to serve as legal counsel to Devon Energy Production Company and LINN Energy, two of the nation’s leading oil and gas producers, in a bilateral putative class action filed by two Oklahoma landowners against the U.S. Department of the Interior through its agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and more than 25 other named energy companies. The plaintiffs sought financial damages and the invalidation of all oil and gas leases issued in Osage County, Oklahoma, since 1979, alleging the federal government failed to comply with National Environmental Policy Act mandates when approving such leases and agreements.

On April 5, 2018, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit and rejected all secondary arguments brought by the plaintiffs.

McAfee & Taft attorneys involved in the representation of Devon Energy Production Company and LINN Energy were shareholders Tim Bomhoff, Mary Quinn Cooper and Charles Greenough and associate Jason McVicker.