Gas royalties lawsuit in federal court Thursday

POSTED: 8:27 AM Sep 12 2013   UPDATED: 5:39 PM Sep 12 2013
Abingdon Federal Courthouse
ABINGDON, Va. -

Some southwest Virginia landowners will go before a federal judge in Abingdon, Virginia.

They've filed a lawsuit accusing two energy companies of short changing them out of royalties for natural gas drawn from coal beds on their land.

Thursday's hearing focuses on the certification of the group as class actions.

The Pittsburg based companies involved, EQT Production Company and CNX Gas Company, deny cheating those landowners out of money.