July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

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Judge Orders Colorado Oilman to Pay $16.8 million in Legal Fees

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado oilman must pay $16.8 million to reimburse energy companies for legal fees they incurred defending his unsuccessful lawsuits against them, a federal judge has ordered. Jack Grynberg received national attention when he filed scores of lawsuits against natural gas and pipeline companies around the West in the late 1990s. Grynberg claimed the companies had under-reported energy production from federal lands by billions of dollars and claimed he was due a share of the funds as a whistleblower under the federal False Claims Act. He stood to collect up to 30 percent of any award, but said he intended to donate proceeds to charity if he was successful. Wyom

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