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Gas royalties lawsuit in federal court Thursday

By Tarah Taylor
Published On: Sep 12 2013 07:27:38 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 12 2013 04:39:24 PM CDT
Abingdon Federal Courthouse
ABINGDON, Va. -

Some southwest Virginia landowners will go before a federal judge in Abingdon, Virginia.

They've filed a lawsuit accusing two energy companies of short changing them out of royalties for natural gas drawn from coal beds on their land.

Thursday's hearing focuses on the certification of the group as class actions.

The Pittsburg based companies involved, EQT Production Company and CNX Gas Company, deny cheating those landowners out of money.