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McKool Smith principal Lauren Varnado provided a statement to Law360 article on EQT calling West Virginia federal court to block gas lease holders from suing the business in state court for allegedly shorting them on royalties. EQT argues that such claims are barred under a $53.5 million class action settlement over similar allegations. Lauren stated, "EQT paid over $50 million to settle claims on a classwide basis in exchange for a full and final release. Plaintiffs in the Ritchie County litigation are now trying to relitigate virtually identical claims to those settled, and attempting to sidestep the classwide settlement and release." EQT is represented by Lauren and principal David Dehoney. Read the article here.


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