First Two Pennsylvania Royalty Lawsuits Set For Trial Against Chesapeake

FORT WORTH, Texas – Pennsylvania royalty owners received welcome news this week when they learned two lawsuits filed against Chesapeake Energy by the McDonald Law Firm have been set for trial next year in Dallas.

State District Judge Eric V. Moyé set both trials for June 7, 2016.

The two lawsuits ― which were filed on behalf of royalty owners with property in Bradford County ― are the first to be set for trial on behalf of the firm’s clients in Pennsylvania. The suits allege underpayment of royalties, breach of contract and fraud, among other things.

The lawsuits were filed in Dallas because one of Chesapeake’s co-defendants, Chief Exploration and Development, has its principal place of business in Dallas County. Other co-defendants listed in the lawsuits include Statoil USA Onshore Properties; Anadarko E&P Onshore; and Mitsui E&P USA.

The Dallas County trial dates are the latest movement in the McDonald Law Firm’s massive litigation against Chesapeake. The firm represents nearly 22,000 gas royalty owners across the country ― more than any other firm ― and has filed more than 300 lawsuits.

Most of the litigation stems from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Pennsylvania ― states with some of the biggest shale plays. To date, the McDonald Law Firm has 13 royalty trials scheduled next year against Chesapeake, including 10 in the Fort Worth-area, one in Houston and, now, two in Dallas.

The McDonald Law Firm contends that Chesapeake Energy has underpaid gas royalty owners by several hundred million dollars. The firm represents small and large property owners and continues to file lawsuits on their behalf weekly.

 

Ten Back-To-Back Royalty Trials Set Against Chesapeake

FORT WORTH – Chesapeake Energy is facing 10 back-to-back civil trials next year in Tarrant and Johnson Counties, stemming from lawsuits filed by the McDonald Law Firm on behalf of North Texas royalty owners.

This week, State District Judge Dana Womack set nine more cases against the energy giant for trial, bringing the total number to 10. The judge scheduled one trial each month beginning in February 2016 and running through November 2016. Two trials are set in Tarrant County; the other eight are set in Johnson County.

The first 10 trial dates are the beginning of what is expected to be a hard-fought legal battle between Chesapeake and thousands of gas royalty owners who claim Chesapeake deliberately cheated them out of royalties.

The Fort Worth-based McDonald Law Firm represents more than 22,000 gas royalty owners across the country, including over 16,000 in Texas. To date, the firm has filed nearly 300 lawsuits against Chesapeake ― 250 on behalf of Barnett Shale clients in Tarrant and Johnson counties. The lawsuits allege breach of contract, among other things, and also name co-defendants, including Total E&P USA, based in Houston.

The McDonald Law Firm contends that Chesapeake Energy has underpaid gas royalty owners by several hundred million dollars.

In an effort to streamline the mass litigation against Chesapeake, a state judicial panel appointed Judge Womack, of Tarrant County, to oversee pretrial decisions and set trial dates for Barnett Shale cases filed by the McDonald Law Firm. Once the legal issues are decided, Womack sends the cases to other courts for trials or final dispositions.

The first 10 trials will be presided over by eight district court judges, including The Honorable Dana Womack, Melody Wilkinson, Wade Birdwell, Donald Cosby, John Chupp, Mark Pittman, Susan McCoy and Thomas Lowe.

The McDonald Law Firm represents small and large property owners and continues to file lawsuits on their behalf weekly against Chesapeake Energy.

 

Trial Date Set for Tarrant County Royalty Suit Against Chesapeake

FORT WORTH – The first of hundreds of North Texas royalty lawsuits filed against Chesapeake Energy by the McDonald Law Firm has been set for trial early next year in Tarrant County.

State District Judge Dana Womack set the trial for February 22, 2016, setting the stage for what is expected to be a hard-fought battle between Chesapeake Energy and thousands of gas royalty owners who claim the energy giant deliberately cheated them out of royalties.

The 30-page lawsuit – which was filed on behalf of a Tarrant County property owner – alleges breach of contract, among other things. It also names several other co-defendants, including Total E&P USA, based out of Houston.

The Fort Worth-based McDonald Law Firm represents nearly 11,000 Texas gas royalty owners. In an effort to streamline the mass litigation against Chesapeake, a state judicial panel appointed Judge Womack, of Tarrant County, to oversee pretrial decisions and set trial dates for Barnett Shale cases filed by the McDonald Law Firm. Once the legal issues are decided, Womack will send the cases to other courts for trials or final disposition.

The first Tarrant County case set for trial next year will be presided over by State District Judge Melody Wilkinson.

The Tarrant County trial date is just the latest movement in the McDonald Law Firm’s massive litigation against Chesapeake. The firm currently represents nearly 20,000 gas royalty owners across the country and has filed 280 lawsuits against Chesapeake in Tarrant, Johnson, Dallas and Harris counties, as well as in various Oklahoma courts.

Most of the litigation stems from Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Louisiana – states with some of the country’s biggest shale plays. The McDonald Law Firm contends that Chesapeake Energy and its subsidiaries have underpaid gas royalty owners in each shale several hundred million dollars.

In a recent hearing in Tarrant County, the firm’s founder, Dan McDonald, asked Judge Womack to start setting cases for trial as soon as possible. Chesapeake, meanwhile, requested a delay of nearly a year.

Trial Date Set for Louisiana Royalty Lawsuit Against Chesapeake

FORT WORTH, Texas – The first Louisiana royalty lawsuit filed against Chesapeake Energy by the McDonald Law Firm has been set for trial next year in Houston.

State District Judge Brent Gamble set the trial for April 4, 2016, paving the way for what is expected to be a hard-fought battle between Chesapeake Energy and Louisiana gas royalty owners who claim the energy giant cheated them out of royalties.

The 25-page lawsuit ― which was filed in February on behalf of a DeSoto Parish property owner ― alleges breach of contract and fraud, among other things. The Fort Worth-based McDonald Law Firm, which represents nearly 2,500 Louisiana gas royalty owners, is expected to file at least 10 more lawsuits against Chesapeake this week on behalf of clients with royalty rights in the Haynesville Shale.

The first Louisiana lawsuit was filed in Harris County because Chesapeake’s co-defendants – which include Freeport-McMorRan Oil & Gas (FMOG), PXP Louisiana Operations, LLC and PXP Louisiana Operations LLC – have their principal place of business in Houston, the county seat of Harris County. The co-defendants are also named in the lawsuit.

The Harris County trial date is the latest movement in the McDonald Law Firm’s mass litigation against Chesapeake. The firm currently represents more than 20,000 gas royalty owners across the country ― more than any other firm ― and has filed nearly 170 lawsuits.

Most of the litigation stems from Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Louisiana ― states with some of the country’s biggest shale plays. The lawsuits allege Chesapeake Energy and its subsidiaries have underpaid gas royalty owners in each shale several hundred million dollars.