7th Circ. Nixes Class Cert. In ConocoPhillips Pollution Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 17, 2014, 10:17 PM EST) -- A Seventh Circuit panel on Friday reversed a district judge’s certification of a class of Illinois residents who claimed a ConocoPhillips Co. refinery leaked toxic chemicals into their water supply, ruling the judge had not adequately studied the claims’ commonality.

U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy had in September certified a class of Roxana, Ill., residents alleging the Wood River Refinery had let hazardous benzene contaminate their property, finding the plaintiffs had explained how the leak could have injured their health and lowered property values. But the panel found...
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