Halliburton Can't Get Property Diminution Experts Tossed

Law360, New York (June 9, 2015, 1:10 PM EDT) -- An Oklahoma federal judge on Monday ruled that Halliburton Energy Services Inc. can’t nix the testimony of two appraisers who said the company’s alleged groundwater contamination devalued affected properties by 80 percent, denying the related motion for summary judgment on property diminution claims.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange shot down the energy giant’s bid to block the testimonies of Jim Arman and Philip Isaacs, two appraisers who were hired by plaintiffs to assess the loss of property value from alleged perchlorate contamination.

In doing so, Judge Miles-LaGrange also rejected Halliburton’s bid for summary judgment on property diminution claims, which had been...

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October 31, 2011

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