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Civil Procedure Keyed to Rowe
Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Shutts
Citation:472 U.S. 797 (1985)
Shutts (Plaintiff) was a royalty owner with rights to the leases from which Phillips Petroleum (Defendant) produced gas. On behalf of a group of royalty owners, Shutts filed a class action lawsuit in Kansas state court, alleging the class members were owed interest on late royalty payments. The court certified the class to include plaintiffs from all states, some territories, and foreign countries. The class included over 28,000 members. More than 90 percent of the class members had no connection to the state of Kansas. The Kansas state court found that Phillips Petroleum was liable under state law for the royalties.
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