Judge Recommends Nixing Class Bids In TVA Ash Suits

Law360, New York (January 20, 2011, 4:14 PM EST) -- The magistrate judge overseeing some 50 lawsuits against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a 2008 coal ash sludge spill has recommended denying class certification to area residents in two cases, deeming their property damage claims to be individualized and fact-specific.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee recommended rejecting class certification bids Wednesday in a case with one named plaintiff and another case naming 10 plaintiffs, all of whom allege their property was damaged by the spill....
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