Monday, January 25, 2016

Exxon insists class-action denial correct


Property owners suing Exxon Mobil failed to prove that they and other landowners along the Pegasus pipeline have enough in common to merit class-action status, the oil company said in its argument against an appeal of a federal judge's decision dismissing the case.

 "The district court did not abuse its discretion in decertifying the class," Exxon Mobil and subsidiaries Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. and Mobil Pipe Line Co. said in an 83-page document filed in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. 

"Appellants failed to meet their burden to demonstrate the commonality, typicality and adequacy requirements" under federal civil procedural rules "because the class claims could not be resolved without extensive individual inquiries into the state of the pipeline on each individual landowner's property," Exxon Mobil wrote in the document filed Thursday. MORE