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9th Circ. Revives Calif. City's $31M Tainted-Water Case

Law360, New York (August 8, 2017, 3:37 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday slapped down a lower court's dismissal of Pomona, California’s $31 million suit claiming that perchlorate-laden fertilizer produced by mining giant SQM North America Corp. contaminated the city’s water, finding the court abused its discretion by limiting testimony by one of the city’s experts.

The California district court also failed to make sufficient findings before admitting the testimony of one of SQM’s experts, the panel said in a 25-page published opinion summary that vacated the dismissal of Pomona’s suit alleging that...
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Case Information

Case Title

City of Pomona v. SQM North America Corp.

Case Number



Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

4385 Property Damage - Product Liability

Date Filed

July 9, 2015

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