Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 5th Circuit Panel Vacates Summary Judgment, Remands To Decide Intervenor's Status

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 5th Circuit Panel Vacates Summary Judgment, Remands To Decide Intervenor's Status

NEW ORLEANS - A unanimous Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled May 7 that an Eastern District of Texas judge lacked jurisdiction over an assignment of rights dispute among natural gas well operating companies because a nondiverse intervenor destroyed subject-matter jurisdiction; the panel vacated a summary judgment order and remanded the lawsuit with instructions to determine if the intervenor is an indispensable party (Chesapeake Louisiana v. Buffco Production Inc., et al., No. 13-40458, 5th Cir.).

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