No. 21-0587.

670 S.W.3d 319 (2023)

APACHE CORPORATION, Petitioner, v. APOLLO EXPLORATION, LLC; Cogent Exploration, Ltd., Co.; and SellmoCo, LLC, Respondents.

Supreme Court of Texas.

OPINION DELIVERED: April 28, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Bradley H. Bains , Midland, Louis Karl Bonham , Houston, Jordan Havard , Gene M. Zona Jones II , Michael A. Havard , Beaumont, William Guy Arnot III , David W. Lauritzen , Midland, William Guy Arnot III , for Respondents Cogent Exploration, Ltd., SellmoCo, LLC.

M. Kathleen Davidson , Lubbock, for Amicus Curiae Schuetzeberg, Jerome H.

Reagan W. Simpson , David J. Bernal , Warren W. Harris , Houston, Derek D. Cook , Harper Estes , Midland, Stephen Burton Crain , Houston, Robert D. Woods , Dori Goldman , Timothy Scott McConn , Douglas S. Griffith , Andrew Friedberg , Houston, for Petitioner Apache Corporation.

Michael A. Havard , Beaumont, Bradley H. Bains , Midland, William Guy Arnot III , Louis Karl Bonham , Patrick A. Zummo , Houston, Gene M. Zona Jones II , David W. Lauritzen , Midland, Jordan Havard , for Respondent Apollo Exploration, LLC.

Contracts regularly address time: when a contractual relationship begins or ends; by when a party must perform; after when it has become too late to do so. Such vital matters illustrate that contractual clarity is often every bit as important when talking about time as about anything else. Clarity...


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