Driller wants judge to set aside $4.24M jury verdict in Dimock case

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2016 3:54 PM

Ray Kemble of Dimock, displays a jug of what he identifies as his contaminated well water in this August 2013 file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- One of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania is asking a U.S. magistrate judge to set aside a $4.24 million jury verdict that found the company polluted the well water of two families.

Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation has maintained its drilling wasn't responsible for elevated methane levels in water wells in the northeastern Pennsylvania village of Dimock.

The company says in court papers  the attorney for the families engaged in misconduct that tainted the jury.

Cabot's lawyers also contend the plaintiffs' well water was tainted before the company started drilling.

The federal jury in Scranton found that Cabot was negligent

Cabot is asking for the verdict to be set aside entirely.

In the alternative, the company says it wants a new trial or for damages to be reduced to no more than $85,500.

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