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Understanding Freehold Leases – The Acanthus Decision


In 1998, an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge considered the issue of whether costs to make oil marketable were properly deductible from freehold oil royalties in a pre-CAPL freehold lease agreement. In Acanthus v. Cunningham, the freehold owner-lessor had reserved unto himself a “gross royalty of seventeen (17) per cent of the leased substances […]
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