McNeill, et al. v. Citation Oil & Gas Corp.
McNeill v. Citation Settlement
Case No. 17-CIV-121-KEW

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  • Defendant Citation Oil & Gas Corp.’s (“Defendant” or “Citation”) records show payment to you of royalties on oil and gas production from well(s) in Oklahoma for which Citation paid or incurred an obligation to pay proceeds derived from the sale of oil, gas and/or other minerals occurring from the production month of January 1997 through and including the production month of March 2017.

  • A class action is a type of lawsuit in which a group of people collectively assert a common claim against a Defendant. The named Plaintiffs initiate the Lawsuit on behalf of other "similarly situated persons," also known as the "Proposed Class." The class action lawsuit permits damages and other relief to be considered without the necessity of each person incurring the expense of filing a separate lawsuit or joining in the Lawsuit. The orders and judgments in the case are then binding on all Class Members.

  • The Litigation seeks damages for Defendant's alleged failure to pay statutory interest on allegedly late payments under Oklahoma law. Defendant expressly denies all allegations of wrongdoing or liability with respect to the claims and allegations in the Litigation. The Court has made no determination with respect to any of the parties’ claims or defenses. A more complete description of the Litigation, its status, and the rulings made in the litigation are available in the pleadings and other papers located in the Important Documents page of this website.

  • In the settlement of all claims alleged in the Litigation, Defendant has agreed to pay three million dollars ($3,000,000.00) in cash (“Gross Settlement Fund”).

    In exchange for the payment noted above and other consideration outlined in the Settlement Agreement, the Settlement Class shall release the Released Claims (as defined in the Settlement Agreement available for review on the Important Documents page of this website) against the Released Parties (as defined in the Settlement Agreement). The $3,000,000.00 cash payment is referred to as the "Gross Settlement Fund." The Gross Settlement Fund, less Class Counsel's Fees and Expenses, and other costs approved by the Court (the "Net Settlement Fund''), will be distributed to Final Class Members or credited to their suspense accounts pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

  • The Settlement Class in the Litigation consists of the following individuals and entities:

    All non-excluded owners of a Royalty Interest in Oklahoma wells with respect to whom Citation paid or incurred an obligation to pay proceeds derived from the sale of oil, gas and/or other minerals occurring from the production month of January 1997 through and including the production month of March 2017; provided that excluded from the Settlement Class are those persons and entities listed on Appendix 1 to the Settlement Agreement.

  • Those persons and entities listed on Appendix 1 of the Settlement Agreement are excluded from the Settlement Class. The Settlement Agreement available for review on the Important Documents page of this website.

  • Counsel for Plaintiff ("Plaintiff's Counsel") intends to seek an award of attorneys' fees of not more than 40% of the Gross Settlement Fund. Plaintiff's Counsel, Reagan E. Bradford and W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm, P.C., Daniel H. Charest of Bums Charest LLP, and Justin R. Landgraf of Hisey & Landgraf, have been litigating this case without any payment whatsoever, advancing thousands of dollars in expenses. At the Final Fairness Hearing, Plaintiff's Counsel will also seek reimbursement of the litigation expenses incurred in connection with the prosecution of this Litigation and that will be incurred through final distribution of the Settlement, which amount will not exceed $200,000.00, to be paid out of the Gross Settlement Fund. In addition, Plaintiff intends to seek a case contribution award for its representation of the Class, which amount will not exceed $50,000.00, to compensate Plaintiff for her time, expense, risk and burden as serving as Class Representative.

  • If the Settlement is approved, unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, neither you nor any other Releasing Party will be able to start a lawsuit or arbitration, continue a lawsuit or arbitration, or be part of any other lawsuit against any of the Released Parties based on any of the Released Claims.

  • The Settlement may be terminated on several grounds, including if the Court does not approve or materially modifies the terms of the Settlement. If the Settlement is terminated, the Litigation will proceed as if the Settlement had not been reached.

  • By taking no action, your interests will be represented by Plaintiff as the Class Representative and Plaintiff's Counsel. As a Class Member, you will be bound by the outcome of the Settlement, if finally approved by the Court. The Class Representative and Plaintiff's Counsel believe that the Settlement is in the best interest of the Class, and, therefore, they intend to support the proposed Settlement at the Final Fairness Hearing. As a Class Member, if you are entitled to a distribution pursuant to the Allocation Methodology, you will receive your portion of the Net Settlement Fund and will be bound by the Settlement Agreement and all orders and judgments entered by the Court regarding the Settlement. If the Settlement is approved, unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, neither you nor any other Releasing Party will be able to start a lawsuit or arbitration, continue a lawsuit or arbitration, or be part of any other lawsuit against any of the Released Parties based on any of the Released Claims.

  • The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class was November 19, 2018.

  • You must have filed your written Objection with the Court by December 3, 2018.

  • The Final Fairness Hearing will be held on January 14, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m., before the Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 101 North 5th Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Please note that the date of the Fairness Hearing is subject to change without further notice. You should continue to check this website to confirm no change to the date and time of the hearing has been made.

    At the Fairness Hearing, the Court will consider:

    1. whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate;
    2. any timely and properly raised objections to the Settlement;
    3. the Allocation Methodology; and
    4. the application for Class Counsel's Fees and Expenses.
  • The Notice summarizes the Settlement Agreement, which sets out all of its terms. You may obtain a copy of the Settlement Agreement with its exhibits, as well as other relevant documents, from the Important Documents page of this website for free, or you may request copies by contacting the Settlement Administrator at:

    McNeill v. Citation Settlement
    c/o JND Legal Administration
    P.O. Box 91350
    Seattle, WA 98111

    In addition, the pleadings and other papers filed in this Action, including the Settlement Agreement, are available for inspection in at the Office of the Clerk of the Court, set forth above, and may be obtained by the Clerk's office directly. The records are also available on-line for a fee through the PACER service at www.pacer.gov/.

    PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE JUDGE OR THE COURT CLERK ASKING FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE NOTICE.

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McNeill v. Citation Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91350
Seattle, WA 98111