Energy companies welcome latest ruling in erosion lawsuits

Louisiana News

FILE – In this June 3, 2011 file photo, Cypress trees that formerly stood on land are seen from the air near the rapidly receding shoreline of Lake Salvador in Jefferson Parish, just outside New Orleans. Oil companies, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, fighting dozens of lawsuits that blame drilling for decades of coastal erosion and wetland loss in Louisiana are pleased with a new appeals court ruling that could lead to some of the cases being heard in federal court. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for oil companies fighting dozens of lawsuits that blame them for decades of coastal wetland loss in Louisiana are welcoming a ruling that could lead to cases being tried in federal courts.

The oil companies prefer having the cases tried in federal courts versus state courts. Federal district judges had rejected their arguments.

But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that federal judges should reexamine the issue of whether some of the cases dating back to World War II belong in federal court

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