October 10, 2013 – The Washington Post – Attorneys for Va. coalfields property owners press 2 energy companies on natural gas royalties

Attorneys for Va. coalfields property owners press 2 energy companies on natural gas royalties

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, October 10, 4:45 PM

RICHMOND, Va. — Attorneys for property owners in Virginia’s coalfields region who say they were cheated out of untold millions in royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their land are asking a federal judge to order two energy companies to show how much they drilled and reaped from the resource.

The request is contained in briefs seeking summary judgment in class-action lawsuits involving thousands of landowners. They want to free up nearly $30 million in disputed payments and what they say is much more in royalties they are owed because of overcharges and underpayments.

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Mr. Barrett is one of the preeminent trial lawyers in America and has achieved great success for thousands of clients. Mr. Barrett has been the leader of many large pieces of litigation including the Ford/Firestone MDL Litigation and the tobacco litigation that brought about the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco industry.