Jury selection for a civil trial over leasing rights to a gas and oil well began Monday in Jefferson County.

Plaintiff Harrison Interests filed suit against Aspect Energy on May 16, 2008, claiming Aspect refused to admit Harrison's lawful interest in the contested lease of the well and had failed to offer compensation for its use.

Court records show Aspect is producing from the No. 1 Petkovesk Well, which is located in Jefferson County.

"Defendant has wrongfully exercised dominion and control over plaintiff's personal property in a manner inconsistent with plaintiff's exclusive right to said property," the suit states. "Defendant's conversion was willful and malicious, and in conscious disregard of the rights of the plaintiff."

Harrison claims it is entitled to at least a 33 percent interest of the well, court papers say.

The company is accusing Aspect of conversion and breach of contract.

Harrison is suing for punitive and economic damages.

Beaumont attorney Hoke Peacock of Orgain Bell & Tucker represents it.

Aspect is represented by Mark Harwell, attorney for the Houston law firm Cotham, Harwell & Evans.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the trial.

Case No. E181-764

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