In the wake of the death of former Chesapeake Energy and American Energy Partners CEO Aubrey McClendon, the Department of Justice is moving to dismiss its indictment saying it would best meet the ends of justice
McClendon was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for allegedly breaking U.S. anti-trust laws as the chief officer of AEP.
McClendon was killed in a car crash the morning of Wednesday March 2, after his SUV ran head-on into a bridge just south of Arcadia.
Reports said he was on his way to turn himself in to the feds. But his lawyers say those are false. There were no surrender arraignments made and there was no scheduled court appearance.
Thursday, March 3, News 9 learned about a class action law suit that has been filed against Sandridge, Chesapeake energy, Former SandRidge CEO Tom Ward and up to 50 other people who were not named.
This was filed by a group of oil and gas royalty owners. The lawsuit alleges federal antitrust laws were broken by a conspiracy to rig bidding and limiting the competition for oil and gas leases in Northwest Oklahoma, by the energy companies that are named.
The royalty owners are asking for triple the amount of damages they claim they're owed, but that amount isn't specified in the lawsuit.