EQT Lied To Potential Gas Royalty Class Members: Judge

Law360, New York (August 1, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT) -- In a putative class action over coalbed methane royalties, a Virginia federal judge on Friday ordered gas drilling company EQT Production Co. to stop lying to potential class members when trying to persuade them to sign contracts that would preclude them from the class.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Meade Sargent said it was unrefuted that EQT had used false information to try to persuade some landowners, who own the land's gas rights, to sign so-called split agreements, in which they would split coalbed methane royalties with...
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