Kaiser-Francis Oil Company Royalty Payments Class 1 Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

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Case Summary:

Kaiser-Francis Oil Company is paying $10 million to settle a class action about royalties for oil and gas wells it operates, or has a working interest in, in Oklahoma. The complaint alleged that Kaiser-Francis underpaid the royalties due on gas or gas constituents taken from the wells.

This is the Class 1 Settlement, about the payment of royalties; a Class 2 Settlement also exists, about the payment of interest on late royalty payments.

Docket Number:


Company: Kaiser-Francis Oil Company

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: August 1, 2013 to December 31, 2021

Objection Deadline: January 9, 2023

Exclusion Deadline: January 9, 2023

Final Approval Hearing: January 23, 2023

Proof of Purchase:

You do not have to provide proof.


You may be eligible if you are a member of Settlement Class 1, that is, a person or entity who is or was a royalty owner where Kaiser-Francis is or was the operator (or a working interest owner who marketed its share of gas and directly paid royalties to the royalty owners) for the class wells during the production months of August 2013 through December 2021, and royalties on the gas were paid to these royalty owners; including the persons entitled to share in royalty proceeds during those months, under any lease that contains an express provision stating that royalty will be paid on gas used off the lease premises (an Express Fuel Clause). The claims in this matter relate to royalty payments for gas and its constituents (residue gas, natural gas liquids, helium, nitrogen, or condensate. For exclusions, see the Settlement Agreement or Notice.

Typical Settlement Amount:

The Allocation Methodology specifies that the net settlement fund will be distributed among the class members proportionately, according to the volume of gas marketed by Kaiser-Francis, the amount and date of estimated deductions, and the distribution of small amounts that exceed the cost of distribution. No distribution will be made where the amount would be $5 or less.

Total Settlement Amount: $10,000,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $100,000

Law Firms:
Bradford & Wilson, PLLC
Sharp Law, LLP

Case Name: Pauper Petroleum, LLC v. Kaiser-Francis Oil Company

Settlement Website: Pauper v. Kaiser-Francis Class I Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
JND Legal Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Pauper v. Kaiser-Francis Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91244
Seattle, WA 98111

Tags: Oil and gas, Royalties, Royalty Payments