About the Smith v. SEECO Class Action

The lawsuit claims that Defendants used affiliate transactions (i.e., transactions among themselves) to inflate fees for gathering, compressing, and treating natural gas which were deducted from royalties owed to royalty owners. The lawsuit seeks damages equal to the amount of the underpayment plus interest.

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 1101, 1102 or 7250, at any time since January 1, 2006, you may be included in the Class. The full definition of the Class, certified by the Court, is set forth in part 7 of the Notice.

Your Legal Rights and Options in this Lawsuit:

Do Nothing:

Stay in this lawsuit. Await the outcome. Share in possible recovery. Give up certain rights. You do not need to do anything at this time if you are choosing to stay in the lawsuit. You will keep your right to share in possible money or benefits that may come from the trial or a settlement. But, you are giving up the right to sue Defendants in a different lawsuit about the same legal claims in this lawsuit. See part 9 of the Notice.

Ask to be Excluded:

Get out of this lawsuit.  Get no money or benefits.  Keep your rights.  If you ask to be excluded and money or benefits are later awarded or obtained, you will not be able to share in those. But you will keep the right to sue Defendants in a different lawsuit about the same legal claims in this lawsuit. See part 12 of the Notice.

Ask to Appear: You do not have to come to Court unless you choose to do so. Class Counsel will present the case for the Plaintiff and the lawyers for Defendants will present their defenses. You and/or your lawyer may request to appear in Court for this case at your own expense. See part 17 of the Notice.

These rights and options - and the deadlines to exercise them - are explained in the Notice.


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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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