No. 22-30302.

87 F.4th 305 (2023)

Allen JOHNSON; Linda Johnson; Donald A. Crosslin, Jr.; Mary Jo Gragg; Rodney M. Hudson; Clifton Layman; Alfred R. Meshell; Sherman R. Meshell; David E. Oliver; Tracy Oliver; Laura S. Pendleton; Andrew L. Piccolo; Karla S. Piccolo; Randall S. Rodgers; Freddie P. Spohrer; Tim G. Taylor; Charles R. Waldon; Rexford Galen White; James Shope; Donna Shope; Charlotte McCune; Jerry McCune, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CHESAPEAKE LOUISIANA, L.P.; Chesapeake Operating, L.L.C., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

FILED November 27, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Andrew Martin , James Davis Powell , Davidson Summers, A.P.L.C., Shreveport, LA, Ashley M. Liuzza , Michael Gregory Stag, Esq. , Attorneys, Stag Liuzza, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Nicole M. Duarte, Esq. , Joshua A. Norris, Esq. , Norris Firm, P.C., Houston, TX, Patrick Stephen Ottinger, Esq. , Trial Attorney, Ottinger Hebert, L.L.C., Lafayette, LA, for Defendants-Appellees.

Marie Roach Yeates, Esq. , Benjamin Henry Moss , Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., Houston, TX, Michael A. Heidler , Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., Austin, TX, for Amicus Curiae Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

John Tucker Kalmbach, Esq. , William Drew Burnham , Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, A.P.L.C., Shreveport, LA, for Amici Curiae Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.

Before Dennis, Elrod, and Ho, Circuit Judges.

This case concerns the interplay between Louisiana's relatively new conservation laws and its deeply rooted negotiorum gestio doctrine. Because we cannot make a reliable Erie guess as to the applicability of Louisiana's negotiorum gestio doctrine, we CERTIFY a question to the Louisiana Supreme...

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