Gas Co.'s Fracking Defamation Suit Sent Back To Trial Court

By Dan Prochilo (April 2, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Monday halted its review of Range Resources Corp.'s defamation suit against two homeowners in a hydraulic fracturing dispute, saying a new trial court judge should get a chance to hear the homeowners' argument for dismissal after the initial judge was replaced.

The Texas Second District Court of Appeals said it was required to give Judge Craig Towson — who took over for the judge who declined to dismiss the case, Judge Trey Loftin — an opportunity to re-examine his predecessor's decision.

Unless everyone involved in the original suit, as well as Judge Towson, all waive the...

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