9th Circ. Revives Occidental Petroleum Pollution Suit

Law360, New York (December 6, 2010, 8:00 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has revived a case alleging Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s exploration operations over three decades in northern Peru have polluted the region’s waterways and caused health problems for members of an indigenous group.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday reversed a California district court’s dismissal of the case on the ground that Peru was a more convenient forum, holding that the lower court gave insufficient weight to a domestic plaintiff’s choice of forum and abused its discretion by tossing...
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