Judge Bars Intervenors From EPA Pesticide Suit

Law360, New York (June 6, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT) -- A magistrate judge on Friday partially denied motions by chemical and farming stakeholders to intervene as defendants in a California suit accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of failing to consult with wildlife agencies about pesticides' effects on 214 endangered and threatened species.

U.S. Magistrate Joseph C. Spero denied without prejudice the intervention bids of household chemical maker Reckitt Benckiser LLC and trade associations CropLife America and the American Chemistry Council in the so-called liability phase of the litigation.

The liability phase concerns whether the EPA...
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