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Press release from Business Wire

Newman Ferrara LLP Investigates Chesapeake Energy Corp. for Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Newman Ferrara LLP Investigates Chesapeake Energy Corp. for Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty16:34 EDT Wednesday, April 25, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Newman Ferrara LLP ( has begun an investigation into whether certain officers and directors of Chesapeake Energy Corp. (“Chesapeake” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CHK) breached their fiduciary duty in permitting the Company's CEO to take a significant and irregular loan against Company assets. Concerned investors are encouraged to contact Newman Ferrara partner Jeffrey M. Norton at (212) 619-5400 or to discuss this investigation, their rights, or potential remedies. On April 18, Reuters reported that the Company's CEO, Aubrey McClendon, borrowed as much as $1.1 billion against his personal ownership stakes in wells owned by the Chesapeake. According to the report, McClendon used proceeds “to fund [his] operating costs for an unusual corporate perk that offers him a chance to invest in a 2.5 percent interest in every well the company drills.” The loan raises questions as whether McClendon's personal financial deals may compromise his fiduciary duty to Chesapeake's shareholders. Remarkably, the Company had not previously disclosed the loans to shareholders. On April 19, 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that Chesapeake's general counsel had confirmed that the Company's board of directors was aware of the existence of transactions. Analysts have called for the ouster of both the board and McClendon. Newman Ferrara maintains a multifaceted practice based in New York City with attorneys specializing in complex commercial and multi-party litigation with an emphasis on securities, ERISA, consumer fraud, products liability, civil rights and real estate. For more information, please visit the firm website at Newman Ferrara LLPAttorneys:Jeffrey M. Norton, 212-619-5400jnorton@nfllp.com