Smith v. SEECO Class Action Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Smith v. SEECO Class Action

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Questions

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1. What is this lawsuit about?

Answer:

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

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2. Why did I get a notice?

Answer:

The Notice in this lawsuit, called Smith v. SEECO, Inc. et al., was issued in 2016 because this lawsuit was “certified” as a class action by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. 

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 www.seecosnowclassaction.com

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3. Am I part of the Class?

Answer:

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 Numbers 1101, 1102 or 7250, at any time since January 1, 2006, you may be a Class member.  The Form No. may be found in the upper left-hand corner of the Oil and Gas Lease.  If you are still not sure whether you are included in the Class, contact the Administrator or Class Counsel.  Or, you may contact your own lawyer at your own expense.

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4. Is there any money available now?

Answer:

There is no money available now.  If Class Counsel obtains a monetary recovery for the Class as a result of a settlement or judgment, you will be notified about how to participate.  Updated information about the case may be posted on the Home page of this website.

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5. How do I ask to be excluded, and what happens if I excluded myself?

Answer:

The deadline to request exclusion passed in November 2016. If you excluded yourself from the Class 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.  The Judgment dated June 23, 2017 available in the 'Documents' section of this website lists those excluded from this action by the Court.

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6. Do you have a lawyer in the case, and how will the lawyers be paid?

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The Court appointed a team of lawyers from the firms KESSLER, TOPAZ, MELTZER & CHECK, LLP, MATTINGLY & ROSELIUS, PLLC, SEIDEL LAW FIRM, PC, GORDON & CARUTH, PLC and DANIELSON LAW FIRM, PLLC to represent you as “Class Counsel.” They are experienced in handling similar cases.  If Class Counsel receives money or other benefits for the Class, they may ask the Court for attorneys’ fees and costs, which would be paid from any money recovered for the Class or paid separately by Defendants.  You may hire your own lawyer to represent you at your expense.

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7. How and when will the case be decided?

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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.  Check the Home page of this website for updates.

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8. Where can you get more information?

Answer:

Complete copies of the pleadings, orders, and other documents filed in this case are available at http://www.pacer.gov or the office of the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 500 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 under Civil Action 4:14CV00435 BS.

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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.

Documents

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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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