Smith v. SEECO Class Action

In June 2017, the Court entered judgment in Defendants’ favor after the jury’s verdict. The Court denied Plaintiff’s motion for new trial, and Plaintiff filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Several parties that sought to intervene have also appealed the Court’s order denying their request to intervene. There is no timetable for when a decision on appeal will be made. Please continue to check back for updates.

Questions concerning any notice issued in Snow v. SEECO, Case No. CV-2010-126 in Conway County Circuit Court, should be directed to the Snow Class Action Notice Administrator, c/o Dahl Administration, P.O. Box 3613, Minneapolis, MN 55403-0613, 1-888-238-9246, or visit

Eastern District of Arkansas

Connie Jean Smith v. SEECO, Inc. et al., Case No.: 4:14CV00435 BSM

If you are a royalty owner of SEECO, Inc. and had deductions taken from your royalty payments on Fayetteville Shale wells at any time since January 1, 2006, you may be affected by a class action lawsuit.

A federal court authorized the Notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

This is not a legal action against you.

The Notice describes a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Arkansas that may affect you, called Connie Jean Smith v. SEECO, Inc. et al., Case No. 4:14-cv-00435 BSM.  The lawsuit was brought by a royalty owner against Southwestern Energy Company (“SWN”) and its subsidiaries, SEECO, Inc., now known as SWN Production (Arkansas), L.L.C. (“SEECO”), DeSoto Gathering Company, L.L.C. (“DeSoto”), and Southwestern Energy Services Company (“SES”) (collectively, “Defendants”) alleging underpayment of royalties.

     •     You may be a part of this class action if you are a royalty owner of SEECO, Inc. and had deductions taken from your royalty payments for gathering, compression, and/or treating on Fayetteville Shale wells, covered by a lease on Form No. 1101, 1102 or 7250, at any time since January 1, 2006.  The Form No. may be found in the upper left-hand corner of the Oil and Gas Lease.

     •     A trial date is not set.  There is no money available now and no guarantee there will be.  However, your rights are affected and you have a choice to make now.

     •     You have a choice to stay in the Class or not.  If you do nothing, you are choosing to stay in the Class.  This means you will be legally bound by all orders and judgments of the Court.  You will not be able to sue or continue to sue Defendants, in a different case, over the legal claims that are or could have been included in this action.  If there is a recovery, you may be entitled to share in the proceeds, less such costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees as the Court may allow out of such recovery.  If you do not want to stay in the Class, you must submit a request for exclusion.  If you exclude yourself, you will not be bound by any judgment in this lawsuit, nor will you be entitled to share in any recovery in this lawsuit, but you may individually pursue any legal rights you may have against Defendants at your own expense.  To ask to be excluded, you must send an “Exclusion Request” in the form of a letter sent by mail, stating that you want to be excluded from Connie Jean Smith v. SEECO.  To be valid, your Exclusion Request must (1) state the Owner Number, name and address of the person or entity requesting the exclusion, (2) identify by Property Number / Property Name the well or wells which you hold a royalty in for which you request an exclusion, (3) be signed by the individual or an officer of the entity requesting exclusion and notarized, and (4) be mailed to SEECO Class Administrator, c/o Heffler Claims Group, P.O. Box 58485, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8485, and postmarked no later than November 11, 2016.

Please read the Notice carefully.  It describes your rights and options, which are affected whether or not you act.


This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by Heffler Claims, the Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.

For more information please call 1-844-271-4785.


Please read for a full explanation of the settlement and your options and all applicable timelines.

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Important Dates

  • Request to exclude yourself from the Class.

    Friday, November 11, 2016

    If you wish to exclude yourself from the Class, you must mail your Exclusion Request so that it is postmarked no later than Friday, November 11, 2016. See part 12 of the Notice.

    A trial date is not set.

  • Trial Date.

    Monday, June 5, 2017 Trial is set to begin on Monday, June 5, 2017.  Please check this website for updates.

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