Michigan Judge Orders Chesapeake Energy To Stand Trial

A northern Michigan judge is ordering an energy company to stand trial for violating Michigan’s antitrust law.

Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, says Chesapeake Energy, based in Oklahoma City, rigged bids at a 2010 state oil and gas lease auction.

Cheboygan District Judge, Maria Barton, says there’s enough evidence to send Chesapeake Energy to trial for the land leasing scheme.

But a spokesman for the energy company believes the charges are without merit and will fight the allegations.

Two other charges have been dropped, but Schuette says he will appeal that decision.

No trial date has been set.