CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan judge says she'll issue a ruling later on whether Chesapeake Energy should stand trial on criminal accusations of leasing land to thwart competitors and then canceling the deals when the competition ended.
A probable cause hearing for the Oklahoma City-based company began Aug. 18 and ended Wednesday in Cheboygan District Court. Judge Maria Barton says she'll review the evidence and issue a written opinion later.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) has filed criminal charges of fraud and racketeering against Chesapeake over the land deals in the state's northern Lower Peninsula.
Chesapeake spokesman Gordon Pennoyer has said the company is vigorously contesting what it considers "baseless allegations."