Third Time's The Charm For Class In Pipeline Oil Spill Suit

By Adam Lidgett (April 18, 2018, 6:49 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of property owners and lessees who sued Plains All American Pipeline LP after a massive 2015 spill befouled the California coast, giving the class a green light after rejecting two previous attempts at certification.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez granted a renewed bid to certify a real property subclass in a suit stemming from the rupture of a Plains onshore pipeline that leaked at least 140,000 gallons of crude oil, an incident that has led to criminal charges against the company. The group that Judge Gutierrez signed off on — comprising...

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