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Friday, September 23, 2016

$3M Shale Verdict: Nuisance or Toxic Tort?

The Parr family in Texas won a $3M verdict alleging they were sickened by fumes from natural gas wells.  They sued using a nuisance theory.  At oral arguments in the Fifth Circuit last week, the defendant driller argued the case did not lie in nuisance, but instead was a toxic tort case.  The key difference between the two is the lower evidentiary burden; the plaintiffs conceded they could not meet Texas's toxic tort standards.  Defendant noted:

[T]he family didn’t introduce expert testimony or other evidence supporting its claim of toxic exposure, didn’t have a doctor testify that their injuries were caused by the alleged pollutants and couldn’t prove their property was irreparably damaged by nearby drilling.

Law 360 has the story (behind a free registration wall).

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2016/09/3m-shale-verdict-nuisance-or-toxic-tort.html

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