According to the complaint, landmen, who were procuring leases for oil-and-gas companies, would obtain the signatures of landowners on the leases and then deliver the leases en masse to the clerk’s office. There, the
clerks would notarize the signatures and then record the leases, although the clerks had not
witnessed the landowners’ signing the leases.
The complaint requested that the court grant an injunction to require [Circuit Clerk Karen] Giles to “inspect and verify each and every oil and gas lease received for recording and determine if the notarial acknowledgment is accurate, true, and correct.”
Appellants further requested that the court enjoin Giles “to purge any and all oil and gas leases which contain a false notarial acknowledgment.” Finally, the complaint requested costs and attorney’s fees.