Judge Rules Royalty Lawsuit Against Chesapeake in PA Continues

Last June MDN told you about a class action lawsuit filed by the Suessenbach Family Limited Partnership. Using a Wilkes-Barre, PA law firm, Suessenbach launched a “sprawling class action” lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream accusing the two companies of a $5 billion scheme to defraud landowners out of royalties rightfully due to them (see 2nd PA Class Action Lawsuit Against Chesapeake re Royalty Fraud). MDN previously covered how the Chesapeake/Access scheme worked (see Chesapeake Shafting Landowners out of Royalties Mess Gets Messier). In December, another class action lawsuit was settled (see Chesapeake’s PA Royalty Settlement Affects Some, Not All Landowners). However, Suessenbach soldiered on with their lawsuit. Chesapeake tried to have the Suessenbach lawsuit tossed, but a federal judge earlier this week denied that motion and has ruled there’s enough of a case for Suessenbach to continue…

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