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BRIEF-Gastar Exploration responds to Chesapeake lawsuit

Oct 2 (Reuters) - Gastar Exploration Ltd :

* Responds to Chesapeake lawsuit

* Says on October 1, Chesapeake Energy filed a lawsuit against Gastar

* Lawsuit seeks rescission of certain transactions that closed in 2005

involving Gastar's hilltop prospect

* Says "rejects Chesapeake's claims and intends to vigorously defend itself

against this lawsuit"

* Chesapeake seeks reimbursement of additional lease,well cost allegedly

expended by them above the investment of $81.6 mln

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