BATON ROUGE, La. - The owners of a Port Allen, La., acetylene facility sued in Louisiana state court met their diversity jurisdiction burden to remove lawsuits alleging personal injury and property damage from a May 2012 explosion and fire to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the presiding judge ruled Feb. 18 (Caryln Gordon, et al. v. Air Liquide-Big Three Inc., et al., No. 12-396, M.D. La.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19929; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19928).