PDC Energy Settles Lawsuit with Previous Investors for $35M

There’s a fair amount of high finance when it comes to how drilling companies are structured on paper. There are, in some cases, corporations, partnerships, and then there’s the Master Limited Partnership (MLP), a special form of company allowed under United States law to encourage the mineral and extractive industries. At the end of the day, they’re businesses, no matter that form of legal structure they take. However, the legal structure of partnerships is used to encourage investors to invest large sums of money. And when those partnerships are bought out, the investors want their due proceeds. Sometimes there’s a dispute, as happened to PDC Energy (formerly known as Petroleum Development Corporation). PDC had several layers of partnerships that they rolled up into one company back in 2010/2011. The partners in the sub-units purchased felt that they didn’t get their fair share, so they sued. On Friday PDC announced they had settled and over the next 13 years they’ll pay out money to the tune of $35 million…

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