ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Robert Murray said he had a hard enough time dealing with natural gas companies who tried to drill through American Energy Corp. coal seams last year.
But when former Chesapeake Energy chief executive officer Aubrey McClendon decided to start a new company named American Energy Partners that is acquiring assets with the intent to drill throughout Ohio's Utica Shale, Murray decided he had gone too far.
Friday, Murray, founder and chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp., announced he is suing McClendon for "misappropriation and infringement of American Energy Corp.'s trade name."
Murray claims McClendon whom he refers to as a "wildcatter," a term used to describe natural gas drillers that some industry leaders consider insulting - is violating the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Ohio Common Law of Unfair Competition.
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