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Panel refuses to merge lawsuits against oil, gas firms

1 year 2 weeks 5 days ago Wednesday, August 01 2018 Aug 1, 2018 August 01, 2018 7:14 AM August 01, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A national panel of judges has refused to merge more than 40 wetland damage lawsuits filed by six Louisiana parishes against oil and gas companies.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday refused an attempt by oil and gas companies to consolidate the lawsuits. The panel said there are enough differences between the cases that combining them isn't necessary.

The 42 lawsuits charge that the exploration, production, and transportation by oil and gas companies have led to coastal land loss and damage. An attorney representing the parishes, John Carmouche, says the decision is a victory.

The lawsuits, originally filed in state courts, now head to federal judges for hearings on whether they properly moved between the two court systems.

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