Interstate Explorations, LLC v. Morgen Farm & Ranch, Inc., 2016 MT 20 (Jan. 26, 2016) (Rice, J.) (5-0, aff’d)
Issue: Whether the district court erred in denying Interstate’s motion to dismiss Morgen’s counterclaims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction because Morgen did not exhaust its statutory remedies.
Short Answer: No.
Facts: Morgen owns the surface rights of property to which it leased the oil and gas rights to Montana Oil Properties, Inc., which assigned its lease interest to Interstate. Interstate drilled and completed a well on the Morgen property.…