Colo. High Court Will Hear Drillers' Lone Pine Challenge

Law360, New York (April 8, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT) -- The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday it will review an appeals court decision in a fracking toxic tort case forbidding so-called Lone Pine orders, a ruling that has drawn the attention of oil and gas companies concerned about its potential impacts.

In July, the appeals court struck down a trial court's entry of a Lone Pine order — named after the New Jersey case in which they were established — requiring plaintiffs to present prima facie evidence supporting their claims before discovery starts. Well-drilling companies Antero Resources Corp., Antero Resources Piceance Corp., Calfrac Well Services Corp. and Frontier Drilling LLC asked...

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