SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): June 6, 2011
SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
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2350 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Suite 125,
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(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Section 8 - Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On June 6, 2011, Southwestern Energy Companys subsidiary, Southwestern Energy Production Company (SEPCO) received by mail a letter dated June 2, 2011 from the judge in the matter of Tovah Energy, LLC and Toby Berry-Helfand v. David Michael Grimes, et, al., in which he made certain rulings with respect to the post-verdict motions and responses filed by the parties which do not constitute the entry of a judgment at this time. SEPCO believes that a judgment will not be entered until the ordered accounting, discussed in more detail below, has been completed and a calculation of disgorgement damages has been made.
In his rulings, the judge denied SEPCOs motion for judgment, judgment notwithstanding the verdict and to disregard certain findings. Plaintiffs and intervenors claim for a constructive trust was denied but the judge ruled that plaintiff and intervenor shall recover from SEPCO $11,445,000 and a reasonable attorneys fee of 40% of the total damages awarded and are entitled to recover on their claim for disgorgement. The judge ruled that, to assist in calculating an appropriate sum to award in disgorgement damages, plaintiff and intervenor are entitled to an accounting of the amount of profit of each of 143 designated wells up to the time of trial and the amount of profit of each of 13 designated wells during a specified one year period. For the calculation of disgorgement damages, the judge stated that profit means revenues less expenditures of SEPCO. The rulings further contemplate the payment of court costs and pre- and post-judgment interest.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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Dated: June 9, 2011
/s/ GREG D. KERLEY
Greg D. Kerley
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer