A 2011 pipeline rupture in the state of Montana resulted in an ongoing lawsuit which was originally filed in Gallantin County. Now, the case has been moved to Yellowstone County. ExxonMobil attorneys in three lawsuits stemming from the pipeline rupture say that they have filed a motion to have all of the individual cases consolidated to maintain order.
History of the Cases
The attorneys say that all of the lawsuits are based on similar complaints claiming negligence and damages that are related to the spill of 1,500 barrels of crude oil. The pipeline that ruptured is known as the Silvertip Pipeline. The oil allegedly leaked into the Yellowstone River on July 1, 2011, damaging the environment and this fresh water source.
Attorney representing property owners who filed the first lawsuit claim that they do not want to consolidate the cases. Instead, the plaintiffs claim that their case is miles ahead of the other two and that each case has different underlying facts that facilitated the lawsuit. The first plaintiff to file has a trial date already for the case which is scheduled for May 27, 2014. Trial dates have not been set yet in the other cases. There has been no ruling on the suggestion to combine the three cases.
Hire an Industrial Injury Lawyer for your Pipeline Rupture Case
If your property has been damaged or if you have been injured in a pipeline rupture, then an industrial injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP can represent you in your case. With the right attorney there to help you, you will be able to develop a convincing case showing the damage that a pipeline rupture caused. As a result you may be able to seek damages that will cover any property damage, medical bills, or other expenses from the case.