CLARKSBURG – A gas production firm being sued for breach of
contract is petitioning to move the case from state to federal court.
EQT Production Co. filed the motion May 10 in U.S. District
Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.
In the original complaint, Carl L. Goff, Richard H. Barnard,
Eleanor R. Hill, Kathy Butcher, Cinda Padgitt and Jeffrey Hill filed a lawsuit April
19 in Ritchie Circuit Court against EQT and Hawkeye Research Inc., alleging
breach of contract, fraud, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and breach of
The plaintiffs claim Hawkeye, on behalf of EQT, fraudulently
induced them to sign a lease modification concerning their Clay district
property that allowed EQT to deduct production costs from the royalties they
are owed. In its motion to remove, EQT says Hawkeye is erroneously named in the
Through counsel, EQT argues that the case falls under
federal jurisdiction because the principal parties are in different states and
the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.
Goff and the other original plaintiffs seek a jury trial and
punitive and compensatory damages, as well as legal costs. They are represented
by attorneys Joel Baker and Calvin Honaker of Baker & Honaker PLLC in
EQT is represented by attorneys David K. Hendrickson and
Barbara A. Samples of Hendrickson & Long PLLC in Charleston.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West
Virginia Case number 1:16-cv-00085
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