No. 2013-5073.

745 F.3d 1168 (2014)

CENTURY EXPLORATION NEW ORLEANS, LLC, Plaintiff-Appellant, and Champion Exploration, LLC, Third Party Plaintiff-Appellant, v. UNITED STATES, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Decided March 14, 2014.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard K. Leefe , Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan, & Dupré, of Metairie, LA, argued for plaintiff-appellant. With him on the brief were Michael R. Gelder and James K. Sticker, III .

Guy E. Wall , Wall Bullington & Cook, LLC, of New Orleans, LA, argued for third party plaintiff-appellant.

Gregg M. Schwind , Senior Trial Counsel, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, of Washington, DC, argued for defendant-appellee. With him on the brief were Stuart F. Delery , Assistant Attorney General, Jeanne E. Davidson , Director, and Steven J. Gillingham , Assistant Director. Of counsel on the brief was Matthew T. Ballenger , Attorney Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, United States Department of the Interior, of Washington, DC.

Before LOURIE, DYK, and WALLACH, Circuit Judges.

DYK, Circuit Judge.

Appellants Century Exploration New Orleans, LLC (Century) and Champion Exploration, LLC (Champion) appeal from a judgment of the Court of Federal Claims (Claims Court) granting summary judgment to the government on the issue of breach of contract.

Century and Champion are in the business of oil and gas exploration, development, and production. They jointly leased the mineral rights to land on the Outer Continental Shelf from the government...

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