Judge to Decide if Verdict Stands


A judge will decide on Monday whether a $405 million dollar verdict will stand. It’s the result of a class action lawsuit earlier this year where more than 8,000 people claimed their royalty payments from Columbia Gas just weren't adding up.

Anne and Dick Goff are now leading a charge Anne's dad started years ago. Garrison Tawney leased his gas rights to Columbia Gas.

Tawney wanted answers about his royalty payments, but Chesapeake Energy, the company that inherited this lawsuit when it bought out Columbia, says the verdict is over the line.

Because of the hundreds of millions in punitive damages awarded to the plaintiffs, plans to build a new headquarters in Charleston are on hold. But the Goff's say good business begins with honesty.

It’s a verdict Anne knows her dad is proud of. Tawney passed away before the verdict.

On Monday, the judge will decide if the money lost and the money the company paid as a part of a punishment is fair.


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