5th Circ. Revives Katrina GHG Mass Tort

Law360, New York (October 19, 2009, 7:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has revived a mass tort that accuses dozens of oil and chemical companies of adding to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina through their emissions of greenhouse gases, a decision that comes less than a month after the Second Circuit breathed new life into a similar mass tort.

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit ruled late Friday that a putative class of property owners along the Mississippi Gulf Coast had demonstrated standing for public and private nuisance,...
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