Magistrate Orders Fracking Company To Comply With Discovery In Lease Dispute

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 9:17 AM EDT) -- CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal magistrate judge in West Virginia on Feb. 17 ordered a hydraulic fracturing company to respond to discovery requests made by a landowner couple engaged in a lease dispute with the company on grounds that records pertaining to royalty payments owed to the couple are relevant and the company’s “blanket assertions” of privilege “utterly fail to provide any information” that would allow a party to assess whether privilege applies (Larry Barr, et al. v. EQT Production Company, No. 14-57, N.D. W.Va.)....
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