Fracking Cos. Face More Costly Fights Sans Lone Pine

Law360, New York (September 3, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT) -- An appeals court decision in Colorado eliminating so-called Lone Pine orders from toxic tort cases has been garnering serious attention from oil and gas companies, which experts say will have to fight lengthy and expensive court battles without a powerful litigation weapon if the ruling is upheld.

A coalition of energy companies urged the Colorado Supreme Court last week to overturn a July decision finding that a Lone Pine order, which requires plaintiffs to present prima facie evidence supporting their claims before discovery begins, is not...
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