ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- An attorney for landowners in class action lawsuits against two energy companies says a federal judge has denied a bid by the companies to stay the lawsuits until an appeals court can take up their request.
Attorney Don Barrett says the decision came Wednesday during a conference call with attorneys in the case. He said the energy companies wanted a delay in U.S. District Judge James P. Jones' consideration of the plaintiff's request for summary judgment.
Barrett said Jones denied the request from the energy companies but gave them until Nov. 5 to file briefs.
Barrett called the request a delay tactic.
The lawsuits allege the energy companies cheated property owners in southwest Virginia out of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments. The companies deny the allegations.
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