Mining Contamination Case Remanded To State Court

Law360, New York (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has sent a proposed class action accusing Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and others of failing to clean up lead, arsenic and cadmium contamination back to state court, finding the defendants had failed to establish a basis for federal jurisdiction.

Judge Joe Heaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma said Monday that none of the theories the defendants had identified were sufficient to establish a basis for federal jurisdiction. He remanded the case to the District Court of...
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