Mary Lansden Swafford v. Ovintiv Exploration Inc., et al.
Swafford v. Ovintiv Settlement
6:21-cv-00210-SPS

Welcome to the Swafford v. Ovintiv Settlement Website

If you were underpaid from royalties on gas and gas constituents produced from Oklahoma oil-and-gas wells between September 25, 2014, and April 30, 2021, you may qualify for a Settlement Payment in a class action lawsuit.

Important Update: The Settlement Administrator began issuing Distribution Checks to eligible Class Members on March 2, 2022.

What is this lawsuit and Settlement about?

The Litigation seeks damages for Ovintiv, Inc. and Ovintiv Mid-Continent, Inc.'s (the "Defendants") alleged failure to properly pay royalty on gas and its constituents. Defendants expressly deny 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 the merits of 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 maintained by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in the file for the Litigation.

What does the Settlement provide?

Defendants have agreed to pay Nineteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($19,500,000.00) in cash (“Gross Settlement Fund”). The $19,500,000.00 cash payment is referred to as the “Gross Settlement Fund.” The Gross Settlement Fund, less Class Counsel’s Fees and Litigation Expenses and Administration, Notice, and Distribution Costs, and other costs approved by the Court (the “Net Settlement Fund”), will be distributed to Final Class Members pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

Who is included?

The Settlement Class in the Litigation consists of all non-excluded persons or entities who are royalty owners in Oklahoma oil-and-gas wells where Defendants (including their affiliated predecessors and affiliated successors) are or were the operator (or a working interest owner who marketed its share of gas and directly paid royalties to the royalty owners) between September 25, 2014, and April 30, 2021. The Class claims relate to or arise from royalty payments for gas and its constituents (such as residue gas, natural gas liquids, helium, nitrogen, or drip condensate). A list of the persons or entities excluded from the Class can be found in the Long-Form Notice, which is available for download from the Important Documents page.

If you belong to the Settlement Class and the Settlement is approved, your legal rights will be affected whether you act or not. Read the Notice carefully to see what your rights and options are in connection with the Settlement.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

These deadlines may be moved, canceled, or otherwise modified, so please check this site regularly for updates.

Option and Deadline Event
Do Nothing, Participate In The Settlement By taking no action, your interests will be represented by Plaintiff as the Class Representative and Plaintiff’s Counsel. 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 you will be bound by the Settlement Agreement and all orders and judgments entered by the Court regarding the Settlement.
Exclude Yourself
(received by October 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. CT)
(passed)
If you do not wish to be a member of the Settlement Class, then you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class. If you validly request exclusion as described above, you will not receive any distribution from the Net Settlement Fund, you cannot object to the Settlement, and you will not have released any claim against the Released Parties. You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in the Litigation. For more information, see FAQ 5.
Object
(received by October 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. CT)
(passed)
Any Class Member who wished to object to any part of the Settlement, the Allocation Methdology, the Plan of Allocation, the request for Plaintiff's attorneys' fees or and Litigation Expenses, or the request for a Case Contribution Award to Class Representative could have filed an objection. For more information, see FAQ 6.
Attend the Final Fairness Hearing
on November 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
At the Fairness Hearing, the Court will consider: (a) whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate; (b) any timely and properly raised objections to the Settlement; (c) the Allocation Methodology; (d) the application for Class Counsel’s Attorneys’ Fees and Litigation Expenses and Administration, Notice, and Distribution Costs; and (e) the application for a Case Contribution Award for the Class Representative.

For More Information

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Mail
Swafford v. Ovintiv
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91308,
Seattle, WA 98111