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A federal appeals court has refused to halt the class-action lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in natural gas royalties as the defendant energy companies try to overturn the cases.

The Fourth Circuit Appeals Court in Richmond ruled against the requests by defendants CNX Gas and EQT Production, which would have placed a hold on the 3-year-old cases in the lower U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

“I think this is a victory for the plaintiffs,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. “It keeps [their] momentum going.”

It was in late September that U.S. District Judge James P. Jones certified the series of five lawsuits for class-action status, which makes it possible to bring in thousands more people from the coalfields region as plaintiffs.

Soon after, the landowner plaintiffs sought a summary judgment declaring them and the potential class members to be the owners of at least $30 million in royalties. A hearing on this motion has yet to be scheduled.


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