Dismissed Means Dismissed: Comer V. Murphy Oil

Law360, New York (April 9, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT) -- In a case of surprising longevity, Comer v. Murphy Oil USA Inc. may finally have been laid to rest. In a decision filed March 20, Judge Louis Guirola Jr., chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, concluded that the plaintiffs in the first climate change liability damages suit were not entitled to a second bite at the apple. And even if they were, their case still failed.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, numerous parties filed scores of lawsuits seeking to find some source to pay for the awful devastation. One suit, Comer, asserted...

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