Judge Slashes Fresno's MTBE Contamination Suit

Law360, New York (September 10, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday gutted a lawsuit brought by Fresno, Calif., against a host of gasoline companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Shell Oil Co., over groundwater contamination from the additive methyl tertiary butyl ether, saying some claims are time-barred and others don’t pass legal muster.

Fresno’s suit is one of dozens in an MDL accusing oil companies and refineries of allowing the gasoline additive to leak from underground storage tanks and pollute groundwater. The central California city originally sued 60 gas stations,...
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