No. 20-30224.

989 F.3d 301 (2021)

GRACE RANCH, L.L.C., Plaintiff-Appellee, v. BP AMERICA PRODUCTION COMPANY; BHP Petroleum Americas, Incorporated, formerly known as BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas), Incorporated, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Revised February 26, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Victor L. Marcello, Esq. , Diane Adele Owen , Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello, Baton Rouge, LA, David Paul Bruchhaus, Esq. , Mudd & Bruchhaus, L.L.C., Lake Charles, LA, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Kelly Brechtel Becker, Esq. , Kathryn Zainey Gonski, Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New. Orleans, LA, George Arceneaux, III, Esq. , Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette, LA, for Defendant-Appellant BP America Production Company.

Russell Keith Jarrett, Esq. , Attorney, Kelly Titus Scalise , Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New Orleans, LA, for Defendant-Appellant BHP Petroleum Americas, Incorporated.

Before Wiener, Costa, and Willett, Circuit Judges.

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