Louisiana Coastal Pollution Suit Sent Back To State Court
Law360, New York (December 3, 2014, 1:50 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge has remanded to state court a suit alleging Chevron USA Inc., BP America Production Co. and other companies contaminated coastal areas by dumping toxic waste from their drilling operations into Louisiana coastal waters, finding the 19 defendants were not improperly joined.
U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey on Monday ordered that the suit filed by Plaquemines Parish be returned to state court, finding that the case was not properly removed to federal court under diversity jurisdiction.
The defendants — which also include Devon Energy Production Co. LP and Exxon Mobil Corp. — had argued that Louisiana law...
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