Harry R. Carlile Trust v. Cotton Petroleum Corp.

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Harry R. Carlile Trust v. Cotton Petroleum Corp.
1986 OK 16
732 P.2d 438
57 OBJ 998
Case Number: 61112
Decided: 04/22/1986
Modified: 05/05/1986
Supreme Court of Oklahoma


Appeal from the District Court, Caddo County; Milbern Jay Adams, Judge.

¶0 Mineral lessee appeals from summary judgment quieting the landowner's title against its lease held by production within the established spacing unit but outside the leasehold and adjudging the Corporation Commission spacing order facially invalid for want of notice meeting the minimum standards of due process.


Gordon F. Brown, Scott D. Boughton, Brown and Lockhart, Oklahoma City, for appellant Cotton Petroleum Corp.

Gretchen Hoover, Deputy Gen. Counsel, Leslie Wilson Pepper, Asst. Gen. Counsel, Oklahoma City, for appellant Oklahoma Corp.

Cleeta John Rogers, Oklahoma City, for appellee.

OPALA, Justice.

[732 P.2d 439]

¶1 This appeal presents for our decision four questions dealing with the standards of adequate notice for Corporation Commission spacing proceedings: [1] Is the Corporation Commission called upon to act in an adjudicative capacity when its statutory power is invoked to establish a drilling and spacing unit? [2] In Corporation Commission proceedings to establish a drilling and spacing unit, is notice to interested persons subject to the minimum standards of fairness exacted by the Due Process Clause? [3] Do the standards of due process, announced by this court in Cravens v. Corporation Commission,

¶2 In 1974 a party not involved in this lawsuit brought an application to the Corporation Commission [Commission] to create several 640-acre drilling and spacing units for gas and gas condensate produced from formations underlying various sections of land in Caddo County. The property here in contention was included within one of the new units to be formed. It consisted of a tract of land then owned in fee simple by the predecessors in title of the plaintiffs, Harry R. Carlile Trust by Zelda Arthurs, trustee [Carlile].

¶3 In compliance with the legislative requirements then in force

¶4 In 1978 Carlile's predecessors in title

¶5 Some eight years after formation of the spacing unit, Carlile brought in 1982 this quiet-title suit against Cotton. The 1978 lease constituted the only interest Cotton claimed in the Carlile property and the sole cloud Carlile sought to remove from its title. By stipulation of the parties the complete record of the spacing proceedings was incorporated into the evidentiary material tendered with the motion for summary judgment. This record clearly confirms [732 P.2d 441] that the Commission attempted no service other than by publication. Because no actual notice had been given to its predecessors in title, Carlile claimed the 1974 order was facially invalid. Based on the due process notice standards announced in Cravens,



¶6 By its collateral attack Carlile attempted to avoid the legal effect of the 1974 spacing order. A collateral attack may not be launched on a Commission order that is facially invulnerable.



¶7 The applicability of due process standards of notice to proceedings for the formation of drilling and spacing units turns on whether the Commission's authority to space calls for an exercise of its adjudicative or rulemaking function. An agency's authority to make rules is clearly distinguishable from that of adjudication. Rulemaking includes the power to adopt rules and regulations of general application - both substantive and procedural - which are legislative in nature, operate prospectively and have general application.

¶8 The Commission acts in a legislative capacity when it exercises its rulemaking powers to prevent waste and to protect correlative rights, but not when it attempts to apply these rules. The application of rules to the facts found constitutes an exercise of an adjudicative function.

¶9 Three distinct legal issues and consequences are implicated in a proceeding to establish spacing units: (1) an area of the common source of supply must be determined and its boundaries identified; (2) royalties within the established unit stand pooled as a result of the unit's formation; and (3) a restriction on the freedom to drill must be imposed.

¶10 When the Commission acts in an adjudicative capacity it functions much like a court. The general norms of law which govern the quality of notice that must be given in proceedings conducted by judicial tribunals apply with like force and effect to the Commission.



¶11 Because significant property interests are affected when the formation of a drilling and spacing unit is sought, interest owners are constitutionally entitled to notice which is reasonably calculated to apprise them of proceedings to be conducted.

¶12 The statutory norm presently in force provides that the Commission give notice of its spacing proceedings solely by publication.

¶13 Publication notice is not reasonably calculated to provide actual knowledge of instituted proceedings. It is hence inadequate as a method to inform those who could be notified by more effective means such as personal service or mailed notice.

¶14 Because resort to publication service is constitutionally permissible only when all other means of giving notice are unavailable, we hold today that the face of an administrative proceeding must affirmatively show a diligent but unsuccessful effort to reach the affected party by better process.

[732 P.2d 445]



¶15 We must next determine whether (a) our pronouncement today should be given full retroactive effect, and if not, (b) the new rule should be allowed a purely prospective application or (c) its retroactivity should be limited to the case at hand.



¶16 The United States Constitution neither prohibits nor requires that a judicial decision have retrospective operation.

¶17 Cravens precludes an exercise of adjudicative powers by an administrative agency over persons whose interests in production may be directly and adversely affected unless a diligent effort has been made to give timely personal notice which is reasonably calculated to inform them of an instituted proceeding. Our pronouncement here extends the Cravens notice standards to spacing proceedings affecting non-producing leaseholds. More significantly, today's opinion holds that those Commission orders which fail to show on the face of the proceedings a diligent effort to give a better notice than by publication are facially defective. The new norms pronounced by us here represent a clear break with a contrary statutory policy of long standing. Spacing order applicants of yore could have justifiably relied on the validity of the legislatively-prescribed procedural norms followed by the Commission and sanctioned by enactments which have been continuously in force for several decades.

¶18 Were we to pronounce today that Cravens had retroactive effect on all previous orders that established spacing units, whether comprised of non-producing or producing leaseholds, our holding would have an adverse impact on the administration of the Commission's adjudication process. It would result in blanket invalidation of countless proceedings. All drilling and spacing orders made under the existing statutory provisions would at once fall as [732 P.2d 446] void. A multitude of drilling and spacing units in Oklahoma would no doubt be affected. Oil-and-gas leases held by production from wells located within the unit but outside the demised premises would be threatened with cancellation. In short, a pronouncement with full retrospective scope would doubtless have a destablizing effect on industry-wide activities.



¶19 The extent of reliance on the old doctrine has a lengthy history as a factor supportive of prospective application for a new rule.

¶20 This case is different from Snethen v. Okl. State Union of the Farmers Ed. & Co-op. U.,

¶21 Other considerations also provide clear support for a purely prospective application in this case. The new constitutional rule announced today does not operate here to condemn a prior course of conduct pursued by a private party-litigant. Rather, it corrects a defective agency process of long standing which had received extended and certain statutory sanction. The constitutionally infirm spacing order in contention here was not procured nor caused to be procured by the lessee or anyone in privity with it. Rather, the offending order was on file at the agency and its existence, at least constructively, was known and accepted by all the parties when Carlile's predecessor in title executed the mineral lease in dispute and, by its terms, the lease was expressly made subject to all existing "administrative regulations."

¶22 The objective of giving a new rule purely prospective application is to protect the public's reasonable expectations of reliance on prior judicial decisions. Because there is here ample reason for avoiding the significant hardships that would be imposed if this decision were given retroactive effect,

[732 P.2d 449]

¶23 Moreover, were Carlile alone allowed to harvest the fruits of today's victory, a mixed efficacy status would be impressed upon the drilling and spacing unit here in contest. Because of its apparent constitutional defect, the Commission order under challenge before us would fall as void only insofar as it affects a single interest - the oil-and-gas leasehold in this litigation. The spacing regime established by this clouded order would nonetheless remain invulnerable to attack against every other lessee within the same unit, even one with an interest as infirm as that of Cotton.

¶24 Providing Carlile with a tangible benefit from its forensic triumph would clearly harm both the symmetry and stability of rights in property settled under the existing rules.

¶25 The trial court's decree of lease cancellation is accordingly reversed; the new standards pronounced today for a constitutionally adequate notice to persons interested in, or affected by, Commission proceedings to establish drilling and spacing units shall operate prospectively to spacing units that will be formed by Commission orders after the effective date of this opinion; all spacing orders made by the Commission prior to the effective date of this opinion shall be left unaffected by the notice standards pronounced today; but orders yet to be made in proceedings presently pending before the Commission and in cases now on direct appeal, in which areas under production are sought to be, or were, comprised within a spacing unit, shall be regarded as governed by notice standards announced in Cravens; the district courts may henceforth treat as facially invalid all agency orders issued after the effective date of this opinion, unless they comply with the notice standards pronounced herein; mandate shall issue herein ten days after the court's disposition of rehearing, but if no rehearing be sought, then thirty days after this opinion has been promulgated.


¶27 SIMMS, C.J., and HODGES, LAVENDER and HARGRAVE, JJ., concur.

¶28 KAUGER and SUMMERS, JJ., concur in part and dissent in part.

¶29 WILSON, J., dissents.


1 Okl., 613 P.2d 442 [1980].

2 The terms of 52 O.S.Supp. 1982 § 87.1 (a) provide in pertinent part:

"* * * When such a petition is filed with the Commission, the Commission shall give at least fifteen (15) days' notice of the hearing to be held upon such petition by one publication, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing, in some newspaper of general circulation printed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and by one publication, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the hearing, in some newspaper printed in the county, or in each county, if there be more than one, in which the lands embraced within the application are situated. . . ." [Emphasis supplied.]

This statute was later amended in 1984 and 1985 by changes not pertinent to the questions addressed in this opinion. Okla.Sess.L. 1984, Ch. 58 § 1 and Okla.Sess.L. 1985, Ch. 141 § 2.

3 Rule 12(b), Oklahoma Corporation Commission General Rules of Procedure, provides:

"Oil and Gas Conservation: Notice of an application or complaint relating to conservation of oil and gas shall be published one time at least fifteen (15) days prior to the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation published in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and in a newspaper published in each county in which lands embraced in the application are located. (52 O.S.Supp. 1980 § 87.1 , 52 O.S. 1971 §§ 97 and 287.1 et seq.) (8-15-81)"

4 Harry R. Carlile and Zelda Carlile were shown as lessors on the 1978 lease.

5 See footnote 1 supra.

6 In its order denying Carlile's motion to set "supersedeas bond" this court held that: (1) Cotton may not be compelled to suspend the effectiveness of the cancellation decree under review. State ex rel. Mose v. District Court of Marshall County, 46 Okl. 654, 149 P. 240 [1915]; McClain v. Starr, 50 Okl. 738, 150 P. 666 [1915] and Nicholson v. State, 132 Okl. 298, 270 P. 567 [1928], (2) the trial court's decree is not subject to supersedeas, 12 O.S. 1981 § 968 and Wilks v. Wilks, Okl., 632 P.2d 759 [1981], and (3) Carlile is free to invoke judicial process for carrying the trial court's decree into effect and to avail itself of the remedies prescribed by law for the enforcement and satisfaction of its judgment.

7 Art. 9 § 20, Okl.Const. and 52 O.S. 1981 § 111 . Section 111 provides in pertinent part:

"No collateral attack shall be allowed upon orders, rules and regulations of the Commission . . . ."

8 The district court's inquiry into the presence of the requisite jurisdictional elements was confined to an inspection of the proceedings; i.e., the application, the process by which the parties were notified and the Commission's order.

9 McDaniel v. Moyer, Okl., 662 P.2d 309, 312 [1983]; Chancellor v. Tenneco Oil Company, Okl., 653 P.2d 204, 206 [1982]; Gulfstream Petroleum Corp. v. Layden, Okl., 632 P.2d 376, 379 [1981]; Woods Petroleum Corp. v. Sledge, Okl., 632 P.2d 393, 396 [1981] and State v. Corporation Com'n, Okl., 590 P.2d 674, 677 [1979].

10 Gulfstream Petroleum Corp. v. Layden, supra note 9 at 379.

11 State ex rel. Villines v. Freeman, Okl., 370 P.2d 307, 310 [1962]. In State ex rel. G.T. Blankenship v. Freeman, Okl., 440 P.2d 744, 747 [1968] (syllabus 10) legislative facts were distinguished from adjudicative facts in these words: "Facts to which the law is to be applied in the process of adjudication are called adjudicative facts; these are facts `about the parties' and must be ascertained from formal proof, as distinguished from `legislative facts' which are general and may be judicially noticed from legislative source materials for the purpose of determining the meaning, effect, content or validity of enactments."

12 State ex rel. Villines v. Freeman, supra note 11 at 310 and State ex rel. G.T. Blankenship v. Freeman, supra note 11 at 747.

13 H.F. Wilcox Oil & Gas Co. v. State, 162 Okl. 89, 19 P.2d 347, 348 [1933]; Halpin v. Corporation Commission, Okl., 575 P.2d 109, 111 [1978] and May Petroleum v. Corp. Com'n of State of Okl., Okl., 663 P.2d 716, 717 [1983].

14 52 O.S. 1981 § 86.4 (rules governing common sources of supply), § 97 (jurisdiction to make rules and regulations), § 243 (prevention of waste of natural gas) and § 273 (prevention of waste of crude oil).

15 Cameron v. Corporation Commission, Okl., 414 P.2d 266, 271 [1966] and Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Corporation Commission, Okl., 482 P.2d 607, 609-610 [1971].

16 75 O.S. 1981 §§ 301 et seq.

17 75 O.S. 1981 § 304 and C.F. Braun & Co. v. Corporation Commission, Okl., 609 P.2d 1268, 1273 [1980].

18 State ex rel. Villines v. Freeman, supra note 11 at 310 and Cameron v. Corporation Commission, supra note 15 at 271.

19 52 O.S.Supp. 1982 § 87.1 and 52 O.S. 1981 §§ 287.1 et seq. A spacing order creates the unit, pools royalty interests within the unit, directs that only one well be drilled in the unit within a specific location and prohibits the drilling of a well at another location or operating a well drilled in violation of the spacing order. Gulfstream Petroleum Corp. v. Layden, supra note 9 at 379.

20 Monson v. State ex rel. Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Okl., 673 P.2d 839, 841-842 [1983].

21 C.F. Braun & Co. v. Corporation Commission, supra note 17 at 1273; Wolfenbarger v. Hennessee, Okl., 520 P.2d 809, 811-812 [1974].

22 See supra note 2 for the text of 52 O.S.Supp. 1982 § 87.1 (a). The statutory notice requirement differs when mineral interests are sought to be pooled. The pooling applicant has the duty to give notice by publication and by mail to those owners of mineral interests whose addresses are known or could be ascertained through the exercise of due diligence. 52 O.S.Supp. 1982 § 87.1 (e). All these notice requirements were left unchanged by the 1984 amendment. Okl.Sess. L. 1984, Ch. 58 § 1.

23 In Cravens v. Corporation Commission, supra note 1, the mineral lessees sought to establish, upon publication notice only, a 160-acre drilling and spacing unit which was to consist of their own non-producing 80 acres and of another 80-acre tract with a producing gas well.

24 Okl., 440 P.2d 713, 718 [1968]. In Bomford the court said that before a plaintiff may resort to the publication process he must make a diligent search of all available resources. The court indicated that due diligence requires at least a search of local tax rolls, deed records, judicial and other official records, telephone directories, city directories and the like.

25 339 U.S. 306, 318-320, 70 S. Ct. 652, 659-660, 94 L. Ed. 865, 875-876 [1950]. When a proceeding is likely to affect constitutionally protected property interests, notice to interested parties must be "reasonably calculated, under all circumstances" to apprise them of the pendency of the action and afford them an opportunity timely to interpose their objections. Id., 339 U.S. at 314, 70 S. Ct. at 657. Notice is a fundamental element of due process as well as a jurisdictional requirement. Union Texas Petroleum, a Division of Allied Chemical Corporation v. Corporation Commission of State of Oklahoma, Okl., 651 P.2d 652, 658 [1982], cert. denied, 459 U.S. 837, 103 S. Ct. 82, 74 L. Ed. 2d 78 [1982] and Cate v. Archon Oil Co., Inc., infra note 29 at 1356; see also Application of Tubbs, Okl., 620 P.2d 384, 385 and 388 [1980]. Before jurisdiction may be exercised over a person in proceedings that may directly and adversely affect his legally protected interests, the minimum standards of due process require notice that is calculated to provide knowledge of the proposed exercise of jurisdiction and an opportunity to be heard. Union Texas Petroleum, supra, Cravens, supra. note 1 and Application of Tubbs, supra. The right to a hearing is of little value unless adequate notice is given.

Our due process clause in Art. 2 § 7, Okl. Const., has a definitional sweep that is coextensive with its federal counterpart. McKeever Drilling Co. v. Egbert, 170 Okl. 259, 40 P.2d 32, 36 [1935] and Matter of Rich, Okl., 604 P.2d 1248, 1251 [1979]. The latter, and hence our own, requires that legal process affecting property conform to the measure of fairness which accords with the minimum standards of due process.

26 Rule 16, Rules for District Courts, 12 O.S. 1981, Ch. 2 , App., provides the procedural measures that must be followed before a judgment may be taken against a defendant served solely by publication. A trial tribunal must conduct an inquiry to determine whether the plaintiff made a diligent search of all reasonably available sources when a default judgment is sought. After hearing the evidence, if the judge finds that the plaintiff did in fact exercise due diligence in conducting a meaningful search, a standard recitation to that effect is to be included in the journal entry of judgment. See Johnson v. McDaniel, Okl., 569 P.2d 977, 980-981 [1977]. The statutory counterpart of Rule 16 is found at 12 O.S.Supp. 1984 § 2004 (C)(3)(e).

27 Application of Tubbs, supra note 25 at 385 and 388.

28 Greene v. Lindsey, 456 U.S. 444, 455, 102 S. Ct. 1874, 1880, 72 L. Ed. 2d 249, 258-259 [1982]. In Greene, the Court held that posting a summons on the door of a tenant's apartment was an inadequate means of providing notice of forcible entry and detainer. See also The Postman Never Rings Twice: The Constitutionality of Service of Process by Posting After Greene v. Lindsey, The American University L.Rev. 601-641 [1984].

29 Mennonite Board of Missions v. Adams, 462 U.S. 791, 103 S. Ct. 2706, 2711-2712, 77 L. Ed. 2d 180 [1983]. The Court held in Mennonite that a mortgagee's knowledge of delinquency in payment of taxes was not the equivalent of notice that a tax sale was pending and that posting and publishing notice of the tax sale and mailing notice to the mortgagor by certified mail did not meet the due process standards of notice. The Court said that a party's ability to take steps to safeguard its interests does not relieve the state of its constitutional obligation to give mailed notice. Mennonite represents a major extension of the Mullane rationale, supra note 25, not only because it involves a direct application of Mullane to tax sale proceedings, but also because the Court imposed a requirement on a state to notify landowners, mortgagees, and "those with a legally protected property interest." See Mennonite Board of Missions v. Adams: Insufficient Notice Under the New York In Rem Statutes, 33 Buffalo L.Rev. 389-415 [1984]. See also Cate v. Archon Oil Co., Inc., infra note 42 at 1356.

In Continental Insurance Co. v. Moseley, 98 Nev. 476, 653 P.2d 158 [1982], vacated, 463 U.S. 1202, 103 S. Ct. 3530, 77 L. Ed. 2d 1383 [1983], on remand, 683 P.2d 20 [Nev. 1984], the Mennonite notice standards were applied to a probate case where an identified creditor, whose whereabouts were known, had been notified solely by publication. Continental reaffirms the constitutional teaching that publication notice is but a last resort device which may be used only when it is impossible to ascertain, from available sources at hand, either the identity or the whereabouts of persons who will be adversely affected by the outcome of a judicial proceeding.

30 At a minimum, well spacing procedures should include (a) the filing by Commission officials of an affidavit for publication service which reflects the identity of the parties whose whereabouts are unknown for service of process and cannot be ascertained with due diligence, (b) an adjudicative inquiry by the Commission into the sufficiency of the search to ascertain the whereabouts of parties served solely by publication and (c) a recitation in the Commission well spacing order that [1] upon an examination of the record and proof of publication, the Commission found the process to be proper and [2] upon an adjudicative inquiry into the factual issue of due diligence, the Commission found that its officials conducted a meaningful search of all reasonably available sources at hand to ascertain the whereabouts of those entitled to notice but who were served solely by publication.

A like procedure should be followed in a pooling application. In those proceedings the burden of notice-giving falls on the applicant rather than on the Commission. See footnote 22 supra.

31 Great Northern Ry. Co. v. Sunburst Oil & Refining Co., 287 U.S. 358, 364-365, 53 S. Ct. 145, 148, 77 L. Ed. 360 [1932]; Linkletter v. Walker, infra note 34, 381 U.S. at 628-629, 85 S. Ct. at 1737 and Chevron Oil Co. v. Huson, infra note 34, 404 U.S. at 106-107, 92 S. Ct. at 355.

32 Thompson v. Presbyterian Hospital, Inc., Okl., 652 P.2d 260, 268 [1982] and Griggs v. State ex rel. Okl. Dept. of Transp., Okl., 702 P.2d 1017, 1020 [1985].

33 Okl., 652 P.2d at 268, supra note 32.

34 381 U.S. 618, 629, 85 S. Ct. 1732, 1738, 14 L. Ed. 2d 601 [1965].

In Chevron Oil Co. v. Huson, 404 U.S. 97, 106-107, 92 S. Ct. 349, 355, 30 L. Ed. 2d 296 [1971], the Court held that federal courts must consider three factors when deciding whether to give retroactive or prospective effect to a new rule in a federal civil case: (a) whether a new rule establishes a new principle of law not clearly foreshadowed; (b) whether retroactive application will advance or retard operation of the new rule; and (c) whether non-retroactive application is necessary to avoid injustice or hardship. Today's pronouncement is consistent with the current jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court.

35 Cravens, supra note 1, unlike this case, was a direct appeal from the Commission. It dealt with a claim to an election after the time limit set in the pooling order because of failure to receive timely notice. There we did not discuss, but left unsettled, the effective reach of that decision. The instant case is a collateral attack on the Commission's spacing order. Its retroactive application would have far reaching consequences on oil-and-gas leaseholds throughout the state. Significant hardships would be imposed and settled property interests would be upset by a retroactive imposition of the new requirement. See Cipriano v. City of Houma, 395 U.S. 701, 706, 89 S. Ct. 1897, 1900, 23 L. Ed. 647 [1969].

36 See Note, Prospective Overruling and Retroactive Application in Federal Courts, 71 Yale L.J. 907, 944-950 [1962] and cases cited therein.

A purely prospective decision has been criticized as an advisory opinion which violates the case-or-controversy requirement in Article III of the U.S. Constitution. See, Note, Prospective Overruling and Retroactive Application in the Federal Courts, supra at 930-933. Supporters of pure prospectivity believe that a court does decide a case or controversy even when it applies the new rule in a purely prospective manner. The court can decide the controversy based on the old rule of law and, at the same time, pronounce a new rule of law to be applied in the future to a like case. See Beytagh, Ten Years of Non-Retroactivity: A Critique and a Proposal, 61 Va.L.Rev. 1557, 1603-1604 [1975]; Currier, Time and Change in Judge-Made Law: Prospective Overruling, 51 Va.L.Rev. 201, 216-234 [1965] and Mullamud, Prospective Limitation and the Rights of the Accused, 56 Iowa L.Rev. 321, 333-334 [1970].

Opponents of pure prospectivity argue that, because no benefit will be derived from the advocacy of a new rule, most litigants will have no reason for persuading a court to change its position. Although pure prospectivity often deters those who most need relief and will perpetuate an outmoded legal doctrine, it is at times an essential device for a painless ushering in of a sharply different norm of law. Cipriano v. City of Houma, supra note 35. See Mullamud, supra at 335, and Mishkin, The Supreme Court, 1964 Term-Forward: The High Court, The Great Writ, and the Due Process of Time and Law, 79 Harv.L.Rev. 56, [1965].

37 Chevron Oil Co. v. Huson, supra note 34.

38 See supra note 24.

39 Bomford, supra note 24 at 718. See supra note 26 in which reference is made to Rule 16, Rules for District Courts, 12 O.S. 1981, Ch. 2 , App. See also Restatement (2d) Conflict of Laws §§ 24 et seq. [1971]. "Judicial Jurisdiction" in the Restatement is limited to the exercise of judicial jurisdiction by a state through its courts. Id. at § 24, comment (d), p. 107. In Bomford only "judicial jurisdiction" was implicated.

40 Okl., 664 P.2d 377, 382 [1983], 38 ALR4th 531.

41 Okl., 676 P.2d 1366, 1370 [1984].

42 Okl., 695 P.2d 1352, 1356 [1985].

43 Okl., 672 P.2d 1153, 1157 [1983].

44 See supra note 1.

45 Okl., 618 P.2d 900, 909, 914 [1980].

46 (a) In Linkletter v. Walker, supra note 34, 381 U.S. at 636-640, 85 S. Ct. at 1741-1743, the Court addressed the issue of whether Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643, 81 S. Ct. 1684, 6 L. Ed. 2d 1081 [1961] was to be applied retroactively or prospectively. The Court - despite giving the defendant in Mapp the benefit of the new constitutional ruling - refused to extend the privilege of the exclusionary rule to the defendant in Linkletter. The Court distinguished between cases on direct appeal which received the benefit of the new rule and cases like Linkletter which sought collateral review. The Court held that "the effect of the subsequent ruling of invalidity on prior final judgments when collaterally attacked is subject to no set `principle of retrospective invalidity.'. . ." Id., 381 U.S. at 627, 85 S. Ct. at 1736. The Court felt that the purpose of the exclusionary rule would not be furthered by applying it to cases already finalized.

(b) In Solem v. Stumes, 465 U.S. 638, 104 S. Ct. 1338, 79 L. Ed. 2d 579 [1984] and Shea v. Louisiana, 470 U.S. 51, 105 S. Ct. 1065, 1069-1070, 84 L. Ed. 2d 38 [1985] the issue before the Court was whether the rule in Edwards v. Arizona, 451 U.S. 477, 101 S. Ct. 1880, 68 L. Ed. 2d 378 [1981] should be applied retroactively. Under the Edwards rule a criminal defendant's Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights are violated when his confession - obtained by a police-instigated interrogation when defendant's requested counsel was not present - is used.

In Solem, supra, 104 S. Ct. at 1345-1346 - a federal collateral attack upon a state conviction that had become final - the Court held that the rule announced in Edwards, supra, should not be applied retroactively. A key factor under Solem is the extent of the reliance by law enforcement authorities on the old standards. 465 U.S. at 643, 104 S. Ct. at 1341. In Shea, supra, 105 S. Ct. at 1070, the Edwards rule was held to apply retroactively to all cases in which the process of direct appeal had not yet been completed when Edwards was decided. The Court created a distinction between retroactivity on direct review of a conviction and on collateral attack of a conviction that has become final.

(c) Justice Harlan was of the view that new constitutional rules should be made retroactive to pending criminal cases but saw an obvious difference when the plea before the Court was for retroactivity in a collateral attack. See Mackey v. United States, 401 U.S. 667, 675-679, 91 S. Ct. 1160, 1171-1173, 28 L. Ed. 2d 404 [1971] (Harlan, J., concurring). There he pointed out that in civil cases the overriding interest of society in finality made collateral attacks on final judgments almost unthinkable. He noted, "[t]his is not to suggest that civil and criminal collateral attack ought necessarily to be precisely congruent in the federal system. But certainly it illustrates that the law has always perceived collateral attack as a problem quite different from direct appeal." Id., 401 U.S. at 683, 91 S. Ct. at 1175. See Shea v. Louisiana, supra, 105 S. Ct. at 1070, note 4.

(d) Recent use of limited retroactivity demonstrates its application is confined to those civil disputes over the constitutionality of a state statute in which the challenge is made by direct rather than collateral attack. See Kirchberg v. Feenstra, 450 U.S. 455, 462-463, 101 S. Ct. 1195, 1200, 67 L. Ed. 2d 428 [1981].

47 The lease terms provide in pertinent part:

"* * * All express or implied covenants of this lease shall be subject to all Federal and State Laws, Executive Orders, Rules and Regulations, and this lease shall not be terminated in whole or in part, nor lessee held liable in damages, for failure to comply therewith, if compliance is prevented by, or such failure is the result of any such Law, Order, Rule or Regulation. * * *"

48 In Cipriano v. City of Houma, supra note 35, 395 U.S. at 706, 89 S. Ct. at 1900, the Court held violative of the Equal Protection Clause a state law which gave only property taxpayers the right to vote in elections to approve issuance of revenue bonds by a municipal utility. The Court - holding that the new rule would not be given full retroactive effect - emphasized that "significant hardships" would be imposed on "cities, bondholders, and others connected with municipal utilities" if the decision were given full retroactive effect. The Court noted that where its decision might produce substantial inequitable results if applied retroactively, there was ample precedent for avoiding "injustice or hardship" by a purely prospective holding.

A new rule affecting civil procedure was also given a purely prospective application in England v. Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, 375 U.S. 411, 84 S. Ct. 461, 468, 11 L. Ed. 2d 440 [1964]. The Court held that the parties had a mistaken view as to the meaning of one of its earlier decisions but that, in the face of support given their view by the lower court and commentators, the parties were acting reasonably in relying upon their misguided view of the law.

In Wainwright v. Stone, 414 U.S. 21, 94 S. Ct. 190, 38 L. Ed. 2d 179 [1973], the Court reiterated its commitment to Great Northern R. Co. v. Sunburst Oil & Refining Co., 287 U.S. 358, 364, 53 S. Ct. 145, 148, 77 L. Ed. 360 [1932], expressing it in the following language: "`A state in defining the limits of adherence to precedent may make a choice for itself between the principle of forward operation and that of relation backward. It may say that decisions of its highest court, though later overruled, are law none the less for intermediate transactions.'"

49 We are not extending retroactivity to collateral attacks; saved by today's opinion for application of the Cravens notice standards are cases pending in the trial or appellate process in which a direct challenge may be made to a spacing order embracing areas under production. See Hankerson v. North Carolina, 432 U.S. 233, 97 S. Ct. 2339, 53 L. Ed. 2d 306 [1977] and Corr, Retroactivity: A Study In Supreme Court Doctrine "As Applied," 61 N.Carol.L.Rev. 745, 751-752 [1983].

50 Bomford v. Socony Mobil Oil Co., supra note 24 at 718.

51 Cipriano v. City of Houma, supra note 35, 395 U.S. at 706, 89 S. Ct. at 1900. For Oklahoma cases that used the purely-prospective-operation approach in announcing a new rule, see Harness v. Myers, 143 Okl. 147, 288 P. 285, 289-290 [1930]; Oklahoma County v. Queen City Lodge No. 197, I.O.O.F., Okl. 131, 156 P.2d 340, 358 [1945]; Gibson v. Phillips University, 195 Okl. 456, 158 P.2d 901, 903 [1945]; Board of Equalization v. Tulsa Pythian Benev. Ass'n., 195 Okl. 458, 158 P.2d 904, 906 [1945]; Yarbrough v. Okla. Tax Comm., 200 Okl. 402, 193 P.2d 1017, 1021 [1948], aff'd., 334 U.S. 841, 68 S. Ct. 1510, 92 L. Ed. 1765; Curtis v. Barby, Okl., 366 P.2d 616, 621 [1961]; Poafpybitty v. Skelly Oil Co., Okl., 394 P.2d 515, 520 [1964]; Fidelity-Phenix Fire Ins. Co. v. Penick, Okl., 401 P.2d 514, 517 [1965]; American-First Title & Trust Co. v. Ewing, Okl., 403 P.2d 488, 496 [1965]; Irwin v. Irwin, Okl., 433 P.2d 931, 934 [1965]; Hughes v. City of Woodward, Okl., 457 P.2d 787, 790 [1969]; Kirkland v. General Motors Corp., Okl., 521 P.2d 1353, 1368 [1974]; Brickner v. Gooden, Okl., 525 P.2d 632, 638 [1974]; Elk City v. Johnson, Okl., 537 P.2d 1215, 1217 [1975]; Keel v. MFA Ins. Co., Okl., 553 P.2d 153, 159 [1976]; Scott v. Bradford, Okl., 606 P.2d 554, 559 [1980]; Southwestern Bell Tel. Co. v. Oklahoma County Excise Bd., Okl., 618 P.2d 915, 921 [1980]; Wilsey, Bennett Co. v. Grant, Okl., 632 P.2d 382, 386 [1981] and Oklahoma Ed. Ass'n, Inc. v. Nigh, Okl., 642 P.2d 230, 239 [1982]. See also Annot., Prospective or Retroactive Operation of Overruling Decision, 10 A.L.R.3d 1371, 1388, 1394 [1966].

KAUGER, Justice, with whom, SUMMERS, Justice, join, dissenting only to the completely prospective application of the opinion.

¶1 Neither the United States Constitution nor the Constitution of the State of [732 P.2d 450] Oklahoma homa delineate the effective date of judicial opinions. Subject to limited exceptions, decisions were given retrospective effect at common law.

¶2 My concern is that there be some consistency and predictability in our rulings. Within the last two years, numerous cases including Cate v. Archon Oil Co., Inc., 695 P.2d 1352, 1356 (Okl. 1985); Vanderpool v. State, 672 P.2d 1153, 1157 (Okl. 1983); Snethen v. Oklahoma State Union of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, 664 P.2d 377, 382 (Okl. 1983), have been promulgated. In each, the decision was given effect in the immediate case, and prospectively to all other cases, after either the issuance of the mandate, or on a date certain.

¶3 The alleged distinctions between collateral and direct attacks do not necessitate a different treatment than that accorded to recent successful appellants



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