Deferring To NJDEP, Judge Nixes River Groups' Suit

Law360, New York (May 28, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has killed a suit filed by two advocacy groups seeking to force lead pigment maker NL Industries Inc. and others to remove heavy metals from the Raritan River, abstaining from ruling on the case to avoid interfering with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's policies.

Judge Joel A. Pisano of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Wednesday granted the motion to dismiss on abstention grounds filed by NL Industries and deemed moot bids to dismiss by 10...
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