Last week, the Texas Supreme Court issued a stay in an interlocutory appeal regarding whether an ongoing natural gas dispute is subject to arbitration. In Mike Karlin v. DCP Midstream, LP, No. 13-0415, the owner of a natural gas pipeline, DCP Midstream LP, accused a leaseholder, Karlin, of theft and conspiring with the owner of the mineral rights to double bill the pipeline company. Karlin argued before a Hutchinson County trial court that an arbitration clause entered into between DCP Midstream and the owner of the mineral rights as part of the natural gas sale required the parties to resolve their dispute through arbitration. After the trial court denied Karlin’s request, he filed an interlocutory appeal with the 7th Court of Appeals District in Amarillo. The appellate court also declined to compel the dispute to arbitration and Karlin appealed the matter to the Supreme Court of Texas. Without comment, the high court issued an emergency stay in the case while the justices consider whether the dispute should be arbitrated.
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