PONTCHARTRAIN NATURAL GAS SYSTEM, K/D/S PROMIX, L.L.C., AND ACADIAN GAS PIPELINE SYSTEM
TEXAS BRINE COMPANY, LLC
Appeal from the 23rd Judicial District Court In and for the
Parish of Assumption State of Louisiana Trial Court No. 34,
265 Honorable Thomas J. Kliebert, Jr., Judge Presiding
Leopold Z. Sher James M. Garner Peter L. Hilbert, Jr. Jeffrey
D. Kessler Rebekka C. Veith David A. Freedman Travis J.
Turner R. Ryland Percy, III Attorneys for
Appellant/Defendant, Third -Party Plaintiff, Texas Brine
S. Johnson Nichole M. Gray Chad J. Mollere Attorneys for
Appellee/Defendant, Third Party Defendant, AIG Specialty
Insurance Company (solely in its capacity as an alleged
insurer of Adams Resources Exploration Corporation)
BEFORE: HIGGINBOTHAM, PENZATO, AND LANIER, JJ.
Brine Company, LLC, appeals a September 27, 2017 judgment
sustaining a declinatory exception raising the objection
of lis pendens filed by AIG Specialty Insurance
Company ("AIG Specialty"), as an alleged insurer of
Adams Resources Exploration Corporation
("Adams"). That judgment dismissed "any and all
claims, demands, and/or allegations asserted by [Texas Brine]
against [AIG Specialty] ... in their entirety,
WITHOUT PREJUDICE, in favor of the
first-filed set of claims and demands, " without
declaring which of the multiple sinkhole cases was the
history of this litigation has been repeated multiple times
in many appeals and will not be reiterated herein. Appellate
courts have a duty to examine subject matter jurisdiction
sua sponte, even when the parties do not raise the
issue. Texas Gas Exploration Corp. v. Lafourche Realty
Co., Inc., 2011-0520 (La.App. 1st Cir. 11/9/11), 79
So.3d 1054, 1059, writ denied, 2012-0360 (La.
4/9/12), 85 So.3d 698. This court's jurisdiction extends
to final judgments and interlocutory judgments expressly
provided by law. See La. Code Civ. P. art. 2083. A final
appealable judgment must contain decretal language and it
must name the party in favor of whom the ruling is ordered,
the party against whom the ruling is ordered, and the relief
that is granted or denied. Further, a valid judgment must be
precise, definite, and certain. These determinations should
be evident from the language of the judgment without
reference to other documents in the record. In the absence of
a valid final judgment, this court lacks subject matter
jurisdiction. Advanced Leveling & Concrete Solutions
v. Lathan Company, Inc., 2017-1250 (La.App. 1st Cir.
12/20/18), 268 So.3d 1044, 1046-1047 (en banc).
case, it is not possible to determine, from the language of
the judgment alone, what constitutes the "first-filed
set of claims and demands, " as referenced in the
judgment. The "first-filed set of claims and
demands" is clearly disputed by the parties and was the
key issue squarely before the district court on the
declinatory exception of lis pendens. However,
rather than deciding the issue, the district court actually
struck through all of the language in the judgment pertaining
to the identification of the first-filed suit. Accordingly,
this court is unable to determine the exact relief that is
granted or denied by the judgment. We find that the
indefinite judgment is not a final, appealable
judgment. Thus, we lack subject matter jurisdiction
to consider this appeal. Moreover, this court recently
dismissed appeals for the same reason in two other matters
that control the disposition of this appeal. See
Pontchartrain Natural Gas System, et al v. Texas Brine
Company, LLC, 2018-0419 (La.App. 1st Cir. 6/26/19),
So.3d, ___, 2019 WL 2609034, *2, writ denied, stay
denied, 2019-01125 (La. 7/17/19), __ So.3d __, 2019 WL
3491637; and Pontchartrain Natural Gas System, et al v.
Texas Brine Company, LLC, 2018-0435 (La.App. 1st Cir.
6/26/19), So.3d, ___, 2019 WL 2609142, *2.
issue this summary opinion in accordance with Uniform Court
of Appeal Rule 2-16.2A(1) and (2), dismissing this appeal for
lack of subject matter jurisdiction and finding that the
disposition is clearly controlled by case law precedent.
Further, we deny the parties' joint motion to dismiss
this appeal as moot. Because we dismiss the appeal for lack
of jurisdiction, we pretermit ruling on all other pending
motions and the show cause order issued in connection with
this appeal. We assess all costs of this appeal to Texas
Brine Company, LLC.
DISMISSED; JOINT MOTION TO DISMISS AS MOOT DENIED; RULINGS ON
ALL OTHER PENDING MOTIONS AND SHOW CAUSE ORDER
 AIG Specialty Insurance Company was
formerly known as Chartis Specialty Insurance Company, which
was also previously known as American International Specialty
Lines Insurance Company and American International Surplus
Lines Insurance ...