Levee Panel Wants Oil Suit Back In State Court

Sep 12, 2013

The New Orleans-based flood control board that sued dozens of oil and gas companies over the erosion of coastal wetlands is trying to get that lawsuit put back in state court.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's board of commissioners filed the suit in state civil district court in New Orleans on July 24. Last month, it was transferred to federal court at the request of Chevron U.S.A., one of the defendants. The company argued that federal laws govern many of the suit's claims.

This week, the flood authority moved to have the case put back in the New Orleans-based state court, saying it doesn't raise substantial issues of federal law.

An Oct. 2 hearing has been set on the issue before U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.