La. Sinkhole Class Certified In Suit Against Texas Brine

Law360, New York (May 30, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday granted class certification to a group of property owners and residents in a consolidated suit accusing Texas Brine Co. LLC and an Occidental Petroleum Corp. unit of causing a potentially dangerous sinkhole, saying the potential class members' claims were similar enough to justify certification.

According to U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey, the plaintiffs — a group from Assumption Parish, La., that accuses the industrial brine producer and Occidental of causing the sinkhole, which opened up in August in the...
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