Appealed from the Twenty-third Judicial District Court In and
for the Parish of Assumption State of Louisiana Suit Number
34, 316 Honorable Thomas J. Kliebert, Jr., Presiding
Leopold Z. Sher James M. Garner Peter L. Hilbert, Jr. Jeffrey
D. Kessler David A. Freedman New Orleans, LA Robert Ryland
Percy, III Gonzales, LA James E. Kuhn Ponchatoula, LA Travis
J. Turner Gonzales, LA Dane S. Ciolino Metairie, LA Counsel
for Appellant/Defendant/ Third -party Plaintiff Texas Brine
L. Shea, Jr. Katherine Smith Baker Joshua S. Chevallier
Ashley G. Gable Shreveport, LA Counsel for
Appellee/Third-party Defendant Reliance Petroleum Corporation
Matthew J. Randazzo, III Christopher B. Bailey Will Montz
Lafayette, LA Counsel for Appellees/ Third-party Defendants
LORCA Corporation and Colorado Crude Company
H. Spruiell, Jr. Reid A. Jones Seth M. Moyers Shreveport, LA
Counsel for Appellee/Third-party Defendant Sol Kirschner
A. Stern Leigh Ann Schell Raymond P. Ward Sara C. Valentine
New Orleans, LA Counsel for Appellees/ Defendants/
Third-party Defendants Occidental Chemical Corporation,
Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Basic Chemicals Company,
LLC, and Occidental VCM, LLC
Patrick Angus J. Dodson Laura J. Kissel Houston, TX Sidney W.
Degan, III Julia A. Dietz Wade B. Hammett Matthew F. Morgan
New Orleans, LA Counsel for Appellee/Third-party Defendant
Chicago Insurance Company
BEFORE: GUIDRY, McDONALD, AND PENZATO, JJ.
Brine Company, LLC, the operator of a brine production well
known as Oxy Geismer #3 (OG3 well) in Assumption Parish,
appeals from a September 20, 2017 judgment granting partial
summary judgment in favor of LORCA Corporation, Colorado
Crude Company, Sol Kirschner, Reliance Petroleum Corporation,
and its insurer, Chicago Insurance Company, the non-operators
of the nearby Adams Hooker #1 oil and gas well (AH1 well),
and dismissing Texas Brine's third-party contract claims
against them. This court previously affirmed the dismissal of
Texas Brine's third-party tort claims, including
indemnity and contribution claims, against the non-operators
of the AH1 well in Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC
v. Texas Brine Company, LLC. 18-0549 (La.App. 1st Cir.
7/1/19), 2019WL2723560, writ denied, 19-01227 (La.
10/15/19), 280 So.3d 611 (unpublished opinion).
Crosstex Energy Services. LP v. Texas Brine Company.
LLC. 18-1213 (La.App. 1st Cir. 7/11/19), 2019WL3049762
(unpublished opinion), writ denied, 19-01126 (La.
7/17/19), 277 So.3d 1180, another panel of this court decided
an identical appeal concerning the dismissal of Texas
Brine's third-party contract claims against the AH1 well
non-operators. Although Crosstex involves a
different pipeline plaintiff than in the case
subjudice, the Crosstex summary judgment
dismissed the same Texas Brine third-party contract demands
against the AH1 well non-operators that Texas Brine now
challenges in this appeal.
thorough review of the record, we find no material
distinctions between the evidence and arguments asserted in
this appeal and in Crosstex, which we are bound to
follow as the law of this circuit. See Pontchartrain
Natural Gas System v. Texas Brine Company, LLC. 18-0001
(La.App. 1st Cir. 6/4/18), 253 So.3d 156, writ
denied 18-1124 (La. 9/28/18), 253 So.3d 147. Thus, we
affirm the district court's September 20, 2017 judgment
dismissing Texas Brine's third-party contract claims
against LORCA Corporation, Colorado Crude Company, Sol
Kirschner, Reliance Petroleum Corporation, and Chicago
Insurance Company. We issue this summary disposition in
accordance with Uniform Rules-Courts of Appeal, Rule
2-16.2(A)(2) and (6), and we assess all costs of this appeal
to Texas Brine Company, LLC. Further, we grant Colorado Crude
Company's pending motion to file a supplemental brief.
MOTION TO FILE SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF GRANTED; ...