Yes, my father (Garrison Tawney) would have been proud! When he died in Septmeber of
2004 at the age of almost 91, he kept busy up until that
time submitting check stubs and other records which were used to
prove fraud by CNR in this case.
However, thanks should also go to
Mr. Orton Jones and Mr. Larry Parker for being suspicious about the
amount their mothers were being paid at about the same time as my
father's suspicions were aroused. They were also named plaintiffs in
My father couldn't have pursued this without the help of Judge George
Scott, who after trying on his behalf to get information about my
father's checks, suggested that we consult with Mike Carey and Bob
Douglas, partners in Carey, Scott, and Douglas.
This fraud was so
wide spread--not just against my father, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs.
Parker--that we decided to represent all royalty holders in WV.
is when we knew that we needed, as well as Mr. Carey and his firm,
class action lawyers Marvin Masters and Scott Segal, who did a
brilliant job of presenting the evidence as did Mr. Carey.
There are between 8,000 and 10,000 CNR royalty holders in the state
of WV (many of these our relatives, friends, and neighbors in Roane
County) who were cheated. We were proud to represent them in this
We are appreciative of the jury and the monumental task they had in
sifting through all of the testimony and exhibits that they had to
consider over the three long weeks they served on the jury.
was not "dazzled by brilliance or baffled by bull----." They did
their job as Judge Evans instructed them to do--to ensure that
justice was done.
They sent a message that good common folk deserve
to be treated fairly and honestly by big corporations as well as by
anyone else they deal with. Just why would fairness and honesty hurt
the gas business in West Virginia, like a local gas producer
alledges? Is he trying to tell us that the gas producers can't make
any money unless they cheat us?
Yes, my father would be proud of the verdict and the award just as
our family is pleased and grateteful, that justice has been served
for the royalty holders in Roane County and in the state of West
Anne Tawney Goff