6th Circ. Revives Dispute Over Gas Royalty Underpayments

Law360, New York (May 29, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived a putative class action accusing a Chesapeake Energy Corp. unit and two other companies of underpaying on natural gas royalties, ruling each underpayment was a separate contract breach, meaning the suit wasn’t time-barred.

In a published decision, the three-judge panel found that U.S. District Judge Sara E. Lioi had mistakenly dismissed the case as outside a four-year Ohio statute of limitations on oil and gas contract claims, because the limit applies separately to each royalty underpayment, not based on the...
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