Lawsuit for a Scheme to Cheat on Materials
In Dresser Indus., Inc. v. Snell, 847 S.W.2d 367, 371 (Tex. App.--El Paso 1993, no writ) Industries, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants, who were well-servicing companies hired to make the plaintiffs' wells more productive, engaged in a scheme to cheat on materials used to service the wells, thereby reducing the amount of recoverable oil. 847 S.W.2d at 371.
Each plaintiff claimed that the scheme damaged his royalty interest. Id.
The court held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding that the common issues; i.e., the scheme to cheat on materials used to service the wells, predominated over the individual issues of false representations, reliance, damages, defenses, and the facts surrounding the defendants' activities over six years at 523 wells. Dresser Industries, 847 S.W.2d at 375.