Citing Dukes, La. High Court Nixes Wood Treatment Class

Law360, New York (December 7, 2011, 7:18 PM EST) -- Leaning on the U.S. Supreme Court's Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision, Louisiana's highest court on Tuesday reversed the certification of a class action brought by property owners and others over the release of contaminants from a wood-treating site.

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a lower court erred in certifying a class action that accuses Roy O. Martin Lumber Co. LP and Beazer East Inc. of exposing the plaintiffs to toxic chemicals such as creosote and pentachlorophenol. The plaintiffs say the exposure increased their risk of disease,...
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