Chevron Gets|Mineral Royalties

     BATON ROUGE (CN) – A local government is not entitled to mineral royalties on a tract of land owned by Chevron USA, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled.

     The district court had granted summary judgment to Plaquemines Parish, determining that it, not the state, was entitled to the royalties based on Chevron’s 1938 lease on the property.
     The court of appeals upheld the ruling, even though the lease stated that the mineral royalties apply to Tract 87 of the property instead of Tract 1.
     Justice Calogero disagreed, stating that “the two cases involve different transactions or occurrences, such that (an) element of res judicata is not satisfied.”

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