5th Circ. Won't Budge From Exxon Radiation Exposure Ruling

By Cara Salvatore (June 8, 2018, 9:47 PM EDT) -- ​The Fifth Circuit refused Thursday to revisit its decision keeping in federal court a long-running case against major oil companies brought by a group of plaintiffs that includes workers who cleaned oil well tubes contaminated with radioactive, allegedly cancer-causing dust. 

In the briefest of orders, the circuit denied rehearing to the so-called "Lester plaintiffs," hundreds of people allegedly injured by exposure to dust from oil well tubes contaminated with radioactive barium sulfate, which gets carried up in-service tubes in water, cakes inside them over time, and then comes off as inhalable dust when they are cleaned. The plaintiffs include workers who were responsible for cleaning the...

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