Emerson Poynter LLP Announces the Filing of a Class Action Lawsuit Against BHP Billiton...

Fri May 20, 2011 2:41pm EDT

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Emerson Poynter LLP Announces the Filing of a Class Action Lawsuit Against BHP
Billiton Petroleum, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and Clarita Operating, LLC Over
Earthquake Concerns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emerson Poynter LLP, with
offices in Little Rock, Arkansas and Houston, Texas, announced today that it
filed a class action lawsuit against certain BHP Billiton Petroleum entities,
Chesapeake Operating, Inc., and Clarita Operating, LLC on behalf of their
clients Sam and April Lane of Greenbrier, Arkansas.  The class action complaint
was filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court in Conway, Arkansas.

The class action alleges these oil and gas companies operate certain injection
wells near Greenbrier and Guy, Arkansas that have caused thousands of
earthquakes in central Arkansas, resulting in damages to residents in Faulkner
County and those counties that border it (Conway, Van Buren, Cleburne, Perry and
White).  Further, the class action case seeks millions of dollars in damages for
property damage, loss of fair market value in real estate, emotional distress,
and damages related to the purchase of earthquake insurance.  Additionally,
attorneys for the Halls and the class of Arkansas residents also contemplate
injunctive relief to ensure the continued halt of operations of two injection
wells operated by Defendants, and potentially to stop other injection wells that
are contributing to the unprecedented numbers of earthquakes suffered in the
State of Arkansas.

Attorney Scott Poynter of Emerson Poynter represents Mr. and Mrs. Hall, and says
the case is important to every citizen of Arkansas due to the environmental
impact the gas wells have on the State's natural resources and beauty, and hopes
to represent other Arkansans concerned about the wells and resulting
earthquakes. If you have questions or concerns about your legal rights
concerning recent outbreak of earthquakes in Central Arkansas, please contact

Emerson Poynter LLP has a national and international class-action legal practice
with offices in Little Rock, Arkansas and Houston, Texas. Emerson Poynter
handles complex commercial, environmental and consumer protection litigation
throughout the United States. It has substantial experience in litigating large
complex class-action cases and serves in a leadership position in numerous

CONTACT: Scott E. Poynter, Esq
         Emerson Poynter LLP
         500 President Clinton Ave, Suite 305
         Little Rock, AR 72201
         Tel: 501.907.2555
         Fax: 501.907.2556
         Tel toll free: 800.663.9817
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