U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn O. Silver issued an order last week dismissing federal and Arizona Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) allegations made by Southern Union Co. against Southwest Gas Corp. The court also dismissed federal and state RICO allegations that Southern Union brought against Southwest’s Chairman Thomas Hartley, CEO Michael Maffie and Edward Zub, executive vice president/consumer resources and energy services.
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Seeking to set aside what it called an “inappropriate”multi-billion verdict in which a jury awarded the State of Alabama$87 million in compensatory damages and $3.4 billion in punitivedamages over unpaid royalty fees, ExxonMobil Corp. filed an appealyesterday with the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, AL.
After a two-month investigation, the Department of Justice fileda lawsuit last week against affiliates of ExxonMobil and BurlingtonResources for “knowingly underpaying” natural gas royalties forproduction from federal and Indian lands. Justice also requestedmore time to decide whether to sue Shell Oil and Meridian Oil forsimilar violations.
California Gov. Gray Davis has joined the California CoastalCommission and the state attorney general’s office in a lawsuitagainst the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to block extensionsDOI Secretary Bruce Babbitt granted last week on 36 undeveloped oiland gas leases offshore.
The Chancery Court of Delaware is stepping up the pace on alawsuit filed on June 24 against Columbia Energy Group by NiSource,NiSource said yesterday. The court has called for an acceleratedschedule for the case in which NiSource is seeking to compelColumbia to reopen its 1999 annual meeting so that another directorcan be elected to a vacant seat on Columbia’s board.