4th Circuit Consolidates Fracking Lawsuits Filed By West Virginia Residents

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT) -- RICHMOND, Va. — The clerk of the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 18, 2014, issued an order consolidating two lawsuits filed by landowners in West Virginia who contest the validity of oil and gas leases they entered into with a company seeking to use hydraulic fracturing on their land. The two groups of plaintiffs seek to compel the company to comply with discovery requests (Floyd Barber, et al. v. Magnum Land Services LLC, et al, No. 14-2248; Richard Bell, et al. v. Magnum Land Services LLC, et al., No. 14-2239, [consolidated], 4th Cir.)....

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