Citizen Can Sue Exxon For Cleanup Costs: Judge

Law360, New York (February 22, 2010, 1:40 PM EST) -- A federal judge has declined to reconsider an order denying Exxon Mobil Corp.'s bid to toss a Louisiana landowner's damages claim for groundwater cleanup, rejecting the oil giant's argument that state law precludes citizens from reaping money for restoring a state-owned resource.

Judge Patricia Minaldi of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on Thursday denied Exxon's request that she reconsider a Dec. 7 order greenlighting landowner Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co.'s private damages claim for cleaning up allegedly tainted property....
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