Chesapeake Faces Opposition In Barnett Shale Royalty MDL

By Jess Krochtengel (March 5, 2015, 8:28 PM EST) -- The city of Fort Worth, Union Pacific Railroad and dozens of businesses and families who allege Chesapeake Energy Corp. cheated them out of royalties this week told a multidistrict litigation panel their cases shouldn't be lumped in with a raft of new royalty suits.

Lawyers for dozens of plaintiffs who contend Chesapeake shorted them on royalties filed 11 oppositions to Chesapeake's motion to transfer Barnett Shale royalty disputes from Tarrant, Johnson and Dallas counties to an MDL to consolidate and coordinate pretrial proceedings. The oppositions, filed Tuesday and Wednesday, say it would be unjust to combine their cases with an "onslaught...

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