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Hess Bakken Oil and Gas Royalties for North Dakota Leases Class Action

This class action concerns proper royalty payments for gas and oil leases in North Dakota for which Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC is the lessee. The plaintiff and lessor, Ronald Penman, entered into the lease with a different company in October 2009 and Hess took over as lessee in 2010. The complaint alleges that Hess  Read more

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Dorrance Publishing Hidden Sales Figures, False Royalties Class Action

How do writers know whether they are getting proper royalties on their books? The complaint for this class action alleges that Dorrance Publishing Company, Inc. hides true sales figures from its writers, telling them that their books have sold only a few copies, and does not pay them the royalties they are due.  Read more

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Cengage Learning Calculation of Textbook Author Royalties Class Action

Cengage Learning Holding II, Inc. and Cengage Learning, Inc., the defendants in this case, are publishing companies; the plaintiff, Fred Kleiner, is an author. The complaint alleges that Cengage underpays Kleiner’s royalties by ten to thirty percent and thus calculates that Cengage owes authors $12 million to $18 million in underpaid royalties each year.  Read more

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Non-Featured Performers Royalty Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action alleging that royalties held by the AFM & SAG/AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund are owed to, and should be distributed to, session musicians and background vocalists, or non-featured performers. According to the complaint, these funds came from sound recordings played on non-interactive webcasting, satellite radio, or digital cable,  Read more

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Tug Hill Royalties on Oil and Gas Leases West Virginia Class Action

This class action aims “to recover for the underpayment of royalties and the payment for production owed” under certain oil and gas leases in West Virginia. It brings suit against TH Exploration, LLC, TH Exploration II, LLC, and Tug Hill Operating, LLC, the lessees, alleging that the companies are not providing “clear and accurate information”  Read more

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Marathon Oil Delivery of Royalties on Leases North Dakota Class Action

Cases around oil leases usually center on payment of less than the amount actually owed or a failure to pay interest on royalties paid late. This one alleges the Marathon Oil Company has not paid a required share of the oil produced to those who own the leased property as well as the taking of  Read more

McGraw-Hill Lowers Base for Textbook Author Royalties Class Action

Authors of books receive royalties from their publishers that are a percentage of the sale price of their works. This class action takes issue with a recent practice of textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Education, Inc., alleging that the company has improperly made deductions from the price of its textbooks, thereby reducing the amount on which royalties  Read more

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McGraw Hill Reduced Royalties for Textbooks on Connect Platform Class Action

Book publishers pay authors royalties, which are normally based on the number of books sold. Authors might think that when books are published electronically, without the expense of printing and physical distribution, that their royalties would go up. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that McGraw Hill, LLC has reduced the amount of  Read more

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XTO Energy Interest on Late Royalty Payments MT and ND Wells Class Action

Landowners sometimes lease their land to companies that want to extract the oil or gas underneath it. They are paid in royalties, or a portion of the value of the oil or gas extracted. It can be difficult for mineral owners to get accurate information pertaining to their royalties or to get their royalties paid  Read more

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Exxon Mobil Royalties for Gas Well Products Class Action

When ordinary people permit companies to extract oil or gas from under their land, it’s difficult for them to know if they’re being paid fairly or not. This class action bring suit against Exxon Mobil Corporation, ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, and XTO Energy, Inc. for the “actual, knowing, and willful underpayment or non-payment of royalties on  Read more

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