Title 52 - Oil & Gas Code

§52-903. Failure to pay proceeds from production - Remedies.


Except for the right to enforce lien rights under private agreement or under Sections 548 through 549.12 of Title 52 of the Oklahoma Statutes and except where specific remedies are provided by private agreement, and as long as paragraph 1 of subsection D of Section 570.10 of Title 52 of the Oklahoma Statutes provides for an interest rate equal to or greater than twelve percent (12%) compounded annually, the Production Revenue Standards Act shall provide the exclusive remedy to a person entitled to proceeds from production for failure of a holder to pay the proceeds within the time periods required for payment. The interest amounts set forth in subsection D of Section 570.10 and the remedies set forth in subsection C of Section 570.14 of Title 52 of the Oklahoma Statutes, with the term “actual damages” as used therein being limited to the proceeds due and the interest as provided in subsection D of Section 570.10 of Title 52 of the Oklahoma Statutes, are deemed to be adequate remedies for failure to pay proceeds within the time periods required for payment and no other penalty or damages shall be recoverable in any litigation involving a claim for unpaid or underpaid proceeds from production including, without limitation, punitive or exemplary damages or disgorgement damages, unless there shall be a determination by the finder of fact upon clear and convincing evidence that the holder who failed to pay such proceeds did so with the actual, knowing and willful intent: (a) to deceive the person to whom the proceeds were due, or (b) to deprive proceeds from the person the holder knows, or is aware, is legally entitled thereto.

Added by Laws 2012, c. 201, § 3, emerg. eff. May 8, 2012.