WHEELING -- American Energy Corp. this afternoon announced is has filed a lawsuit against former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon and his new company, American Energy Partners L.P., for infringing on American Energy Corp.'s tradename.
American Energy Corp. owns and operates the Century Mine, with more than 1,500 employees in Southeastern Ohio.
American Energy Corp. said it was forced to file the litigation because of McClendon's use of "American Energy" to market his business. The company said McClendon's use also is a violation of the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Ohio Common Law of Unfair Competition.
American Energy Corp. was incorporated in 1993.
"Clearly, Mr. McClendon, who was ousted from his prior post at Chesapeake Energy, is attempting to cause confusion in the marketplace and further his goal of eliminating the use of coal in America," a statement from American Energy Corp. reads.
"We will take all legal actions necessary to protect our goodwill and reputation from the damages caused by Mr. McClendon's use of an identical tradename and the nefarious reputation that he has earned in our operating and marketing areas."