First lawsuit filed
Zehentbauer Family Land, Hanover Farms and Evelyn Frances Young, who lives in Summit County but owns land in Carroll County, filed a lawsuit against Chesapeake Exploration in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court in late October. The lawsuit also names Total E&P USA Inc., Pelican Energy and Jamestown Resources, which have working interest in the wells involved.
The Zehentbauer Family Land and Hanover Farms lease calls for 17.5 percent gross royalties and the Young lease calls for 20 percent gross royalties to be paid.
Seeking class action
They are asking the lawsuit to be certified as a class action lawsuit since the Zehentbauer family oil and gas lease is a representative of a group lease signed by hundreds of Ohioans.
According to the lawsuit filed by the Zehentbauer family, the lease is one that was negotiated with various landowner groups for either Ohio Buckeye Energy or Chesapeake Explorer.
A second lawsuit, Hope Christian Fellowship, of Wellsville, et. al against Chesapeake Exploration was filed Nov. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, in Youngstown.
The lawsuit claims there are 2,000 people and organizations that could be part of the lawsuit, and plaintiffs are also asking the case to be certified as class action.
According to the court documents, most of the leases called for royalties equal to one-eighth of the proceeds from the sale of gas and oil from the well pads.Read more details by clicking here.
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