Liability Claim Survives In Enbridge Oil Spill Suit

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Friday denied Enbridge Inc.'s request to dismiss a strict liability claim in a putative class action over property and environmental damage caused by an 840,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline in southern Michigan.

U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist ruled it was too early to drop the plaintiffs’ claim for strict liability for abnormally dangerous activity, even though other Michigan courts normally wouldn’t extend such a claim to oil pipeline maintenance.

In July 2010, an Enbridge pipeline transporting highly-corrosive tar sands oil between...
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