GeoMet announces that it has filed a complaint against CNX Gas Company LLC and Island Creek Coal Company alleging antitrust, tortious interference and other causes of action relating to GeoMet's properties in the Oakwood Field in Virginia
Houston, Texas – February 15, 2007 - GeoMet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMET), together with its subsidiaries, yesterday filed a complaint against CNX Gas Company LLC and Island Creek Coal Company in the Circuit Court of Tazewell County, Virginia, seeking damages arising from alleged violations of the Virginia Antitrust Act, tortious interference with contractual relations with third parties, and statutory and common law conspiracy.
The suit seeks $561 million for compensatory and consequential damages for alleged violations of the Virginia Antitrust Act, including alleged anticompetitive efforts of CNX to dominate and maintain its control over the market for the production and transportation of coalbed methane gas from the Oakwood Field in Buchanan County, Virginia and for CNX’s alleged efforts to conspire and act in concert with Island Creek Coal Company and others to dominate and maintain control over the market for the production and transportation of coalbed methane gas from the Oakwood Field in violation of the Virginia Antitrust Act and Virginia statutory and common law. The suit also alleges CNX’s intentional interference with GeoMet’s existing and prospective third-party business relationships in efforts to harm GeoMet and improve CNX’s position and corporate and financial interests. GeoMet seeks to have any damages awarded for alleged violations of the Virginia Antitrust Act tripled under Virginia statutes permitting a court to award treble damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent CNX and other parties from continuing these alleged anticompetitive activities.
About GeoMet, Inc.
GeoMet, Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration for and development and production of natural gas from coal seams (“coalbed methane” or “CBM”). Our principal operations and producing properties are located in the Cahaba Basin in Alabama and the Central Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and Virginia. We also control additional coalbed methane development rights, principally in Alabama, British Columbia, Colorado, Louisiana, Virginia, and West Virginia.
For more information, please visit the Company’s web site at www.geometinc.com or contact Steve Smith at (713) 287-2251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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