Va. Watchdog Chides State Atty For Advising Energy Cos.

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT) -- Virginia's state watchdog concluded Tuesday that a high-ranking lawyer in Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office acted improperly and wasted state funds by providing legal advice to energy companies accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars in natural gas royalty payments from thousands of landowners in Appalachia.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Sharon Pigeon should not have given strategy tips to CNX Gas Co. LLC and EQT Production Co. in their class action battle over funds from thousands of wells the companies drilled in Southwest Virginia to...
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