OH, WV Landowners Sue Antero re Post-Production Royalty Deductions

Lawsuits filed against Antero Resources in both Ohio and West Virginia seek class action status. Both lawsuits make similar claims: Namely that Antero has improperly deducted post-production expenses from royalty checks (not allowed under lease terms), and that Antero has avoided, with creative accounting, paying royalties on natural gas liquids (NGLs) produced. The OH lawsuit was first filed in January of this year, followed by a lawsuit filed in WV in May. We have copies of both complaints below, so you can read the language for yourself. In the case of the OH lawsuit, Antero filed a motion to dismiss. The landowners amended the complaint and Antero dropped their motion to dismiss. The OH lawsuit, and as near as we can tell, the WV lawsuit, are both moving forward. Here’s our summary of both lawsuits–the MDN Cliffs Notes version…

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