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Royalty Litigation: Here We Go Again

Royalty Litigation: Here We Go Again

Berlin believes it is about time to start chipping away at the giant iceberg of issues surrounding post-production deducts and the litigation that usually follows. This will be one of multiple posts that address the lessor / lessee relationship, the implied duty of the lessee to market the lessor’s share of production, and the responsibilities of each party to pay for their shares of post-production expenses. As you are well aware, Berlin is merely a mineral schlepping landman and her opinion should not replace the counsel of a well schooled (and likely well paid) oil and gas attorney…

Occupational Licensing and the Landman. Are there rules?

Occupational Licensing and the Landman. Are there rules?

Occupational licensing in the United States is on the rise. It has been estimated that up to 25% of jobs now require a license. There are a number of reasons why occupational licensing is detrimental to economic growth. Licensing requirements protect incumbents by preventing new entrants in the industry through the cost to acquire and maintain a license and discourages movement from areas of lower opportunity to high opportunity as requirements are often state-specific and do not transfer easily to new jurisdictions. Now landmen may be required to become licensed…