Parish oil damage lawsuits won’t be consolidated before one judge

A national panel of federal judges on Tuesday (July 31) turned thumbs down on an attempt by oil and gas companies to consolidate more than 40 wetland damage lawsuits filed by six Louisiana parishes before a single judge.

That means the lawsuits will be returned to individual federal judges for hearings on whether they were properly moved from state to federal courts.

John Carmouche, an attorney representing the parishes in the cases, called the decision an “excellent, big, quick victory,” in an email, and said his legal team expected to file a motion in federal court to have a judge hear motions on what happens to the cases next…


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