Chesapeake ups settlement amount in Pennsylvania leaseholders' lawsuit over royalty payments


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SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — A subsidiary of energy giant Chesapeake Energy is increasing the amount it will pay to settle a federal lawsuit over natural gas drilling royalties for Pennsylvania landowners.

Chesapeake is increasing the amount from $7.5 million to $11 million to settle the class-action lawsuit claiming it wrongly withheld too much in post-production fees from royalty checks.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports ( ) that the proposal was filed Dec. 18 in federal court. The money would go to thousands of northeastern Pennsylvania leaseholders.

The earlier settlement of $7.5 million had been in limbo after other leaseholders objected.

Under the revised agreement, leaseholders would be paid 55 percent of post-production costs taken until June 1, 2014. The earlier agreement cut off reimbursements Sept. 1, 2013.

The settlement is subject to a judge's approval.

Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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