Pa. Justices Probe Power Gap Between Drillers, Landowners

By Matt Fair (May 27, 2020, 4:10 PM EDT) -- Members of Pennsylvania's highest court homed in repeatedly on what they called the "economic reality" of the relationship between gas drillers and landowners as they heard arguments Wednesday about whether Attorney General Josh Shapiro should be allowed to pursue consumer protection claims over allegedly deceptive leasing practices.

Justice Max Baer pressed attorneys for Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on arguments that they couldn't be subject to claims under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law because their role as lessees in deals to acquire drilling rights from landowners means they themselves are actually the consumers.

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