Decision-time for Landowners in Demchak/Chesapeake Royalty Case

lawsuitIs the long, sordid affair over Chesapeake Energy screwing Pennsylvania landowners out of royalties finally near an end? Chesapeake and some landowners, part of the “Demchak” class action lawsuit–certainly want you to think so. A year ago MDN told you about a settlement between “several thousand” Pennsylvania landowners and Chesapeake over the royalty issue–Chessy deducting post-production payments by pipeline companies in what some call a scam that leaves landowners signed with Chesapeake receiving royalty checks that are pennies on the dollar compared to what they should receive. The new settlement for those “several thousand” would be 2/3 of $11 million, after the lawyers get their 1/3 cut (see Chesapeake & PA Landowners Settle Royalty Lawsuit…Again). Many PA landowners who are leased with Chesapeake now face a decision–and doing nothing is not an option. The lawyers and the court are about to close the door on what is called the Demchak class action lawsuit. PA landowners with a “market enhancement clause” in their lease should have already received a form letter announcing that unless they opt out of the settlement, they will be included. Below we have an excellent outline of what your options are according to the PA National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), along with the opinion of one Bradford County landowner who is less than thrilled with the Demchak settlement…

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