1st Circ. Revives Class Action Over Mass. Oil Spill

Law360, New York (February 24, 2010, 3:53 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has reinstated a putative class action accusing Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. of negligence relating to a 2003 oil spill, saying the district court gave too simplistic an analysis when it denied class certification to owners of thousands of Massachusetts properties in 2009.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit remanded the case Tuesday to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, directing the court to base its reconsideration on the plaintiffs' claim that “common evidence will suffice to...
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