Our lawyers who handle regulatory issues involving federal royalties perform a wide range of services for oil and gas producers. We represent clients in administrative proceedings before the Department of the Interior, as well as judicial challenges to final agency decisions. We participate in rulemakings on behalf of clients and also help companies obtain legislative relief when needed.
We also counsel clients regarding compliance with federal royalty regulations and work with Department of the Interior officials to resolve disputes without resort to litigation whenever possible. Particular issues our lawyers have handled include royalties on natural gas take-or-pay settlements, duty to market production at no cost to the federal lessor, statute of limitations on government royalty collection efforts, and entitlement to royalty relief under the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act. We also have represented companies in False Claims Act cases alleging violations of regulations issued by the Department of Interior.