R.I. Locals Win A Round In Toxic Tort V. Utility

Law360, New York (January 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of Rhode Island residents suing New England Gas Co. for allegedly contaminating their homes with hazardous waste have won a bid to sever the third-party claims of the utility, which blames others for the damage and is seeking indemnity.

The Rhode Island district court issued its order Wednesday, granting a motion by lawyers for the 120 Tiverton residents to have New England's claims, against seven other companies and two municipalities, tried separately from their four consolidated cases.

The residents sued New England after state...
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