MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — More than half of the counts and 19 defendants in a West Virginia oil and gas lease lawsuit have been dismissed.
The lawsuit accuses Traverse City, Mich.-based Magnum Land Services and Belmont Resources LLC of fraudulently swaying 121 mineral owners in Preston County to sign gas leases below their true value. Defendants also included 19 employees.
The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/r8Ei4o ) reports that U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley dismissed the employees from the lawsuit. In two separate orders, Keeley said they weren't served papers in a timely manner.
Keeley also dismissed five of the lawsuit's nine counts, including one fraud count. She also dismissed part of a conspiracy count relating to the employees.
A trial is set for Oct. 27, 2014.
Information from: The Dominion Post, http://www.dominionpost.com