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Energy Firms Fight Redo Of Puerto Rico MTBE Rulings

Law360 (March 19, 2019, 7:29 PM EDT) -- Oil companies Shell and Total are fighting Puerto Rico's bid to expand its claims that the firms contaminated groundwater and soil through a chemical in their gasoline, arguing Tuesday that the commonwealth can't upend years-old rulings from a multidistrict litigation court that narrowed the suit.

The energy companies criticized Puerto Rico’s three motions for reconsideration as an unnecessary waste of time and resources based on stale arguments. The U.S. territory says the MDL court shouldn't have rejected some of its allegations based on the relevant statute of limitations or limited liability for contamination caused by gasoline that contained low concentrations of...

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