Pennsylvania Federal Court Consolidates 2 Suits Involving Same Drilling Leases
June 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH — A federal judge has granted motions to consolidate two lawsuits involving Chesapeake Appalachia and the same Pennsylvania landowners who allege bad faith and fraud in the procurement of drilling leases, saying the move was for pretrial purposes only. Chesapeake Appalachia LLC v. McRoberts, et al., No. 12-cv-379; McRoberts, et al. v. Chesapeake Energy Corp., et al., No. 2:12-cv-00514-DSC (W.D. Pa.).
Judge David S. Cercone of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania said in his June 4 order that the court would consider any future motion for joint trial on the parties’ contract and tort ...