Hi Kathleen the link is bad.
RE: "Landowners win a battle in court"
Landowners did not win a battle, they won a skirmish.
When Chesapeake joins the fight, then it will become a battle.
Acquiring Seismic data under contract to CHK makes the company a CHK subcontractor.
Shooting Seismic is part of O & G exploration; an endeavor for which the Landowners have leasesed their land.
CHK will likely win the next battle and the war.
You would think that part of a O&G exploration would have better legal council, " TGS is contracted with Chesapeake to complete seismic testing for Chesapeake's use, but that contract was never produced, according to court documents." Ya think they may not have been under contract at the time? Perhaps the company was freelancing and going to auction off the results. Personal opinion here something doesn't quite add up.
The link is working fine now
I suspect that TGS were over-confident and went into Court unprepared for a skeptical Judge.
They will likely be back, with a Chesapeake Attorney in tow.
The bad news for the Landowners is that they will probably lose.
The worse news is that (should they lose their suit) they will have to pay not only their Attorney fees, but also the fees of TGS's and Chesapeake's Attorneys.
May we all make it through life without ever having to be in a Courtroom (except doing our civic duty as a juror).
Jack can that be done? To me it would look like it would be up to CHK to file suit against TSG, TSG had their day in court, TSG could appeal it but I doubt of it would fly as the evidence the contract was not presented.