Halcon Fracking Contract Suit Sent Back To Pa. Court

Law360, Philadelphia (April 5, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday remanded to state court a proposed class action by Mercer County landowners who claimed that Halcon Energy Properties Inc. reneged on contracts to lease their fracking rights and withdrew its agreements for more than 1,700 parcels of land.

In sending the suit back to the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas, U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab concluded that the case fell under an exception to the Class Action Fairness Act's removal authority, in which federal courts can decline jurisdiction when...
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