Most Orange County MTBE Claims Time-Barred: Judge

Law360, New York (November 17, 2009, 3:49 PM EST) -- A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation on water contamination caused by methyl tertiary-butyl ether has tossed as time-barred 45 of the Orange County Water District's 60 claims accusing several oil companies of causing contamination by mishandling the gasoline additive.

Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, granted the defendants' summary judgment motion to dismiss claims on 45 of 60 water well sites in an opinion Friday, rejecting the water district's contention that the statute of limitations did...
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