8th Circuit Overturns Ruling Certifying Class For Residents Near Pipeline Leak

Mealey's (September 16, 2015, 1:20 PM EDT) -- ST. LOUIS — An Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 15 reversed a federal judge in Missouri’s ruling certifying a class for residents who live near the site of a pipeline that leaked in 1963 after finding that the plaintiffs’ alleged fear of spreading contamination is not an injury that can support a common-law claim for nuisance (Bruce Smith, et al. v. ConocoPhillips Pipe Line Company, No. 14-2191, 8th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16393).

(Opinion available. Document #08-151009-003Z.)

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