Judge grants class-action status in lawsuit over Exxon oil spill in Mayflower


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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Class-action status has been granted in a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil stemming from a 2013 pipeline accident in Mayflower.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1sVzRkI ) U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock ruled in favor of Arnez and Charletha Harper. They can represent people who currently own property that is subject to an easement for and physically crossed by Exxon's Pegasus pipeline, which runs from Texas to Illinois.

They want the easement canceled or the pipeline removed or replaced.

Exxon's pipeline ruptured last year, spilling thousands of gallons of oil in a neighborhood in Mayflower, about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.

The Harpers' attorney did not want to discuss details but says there are numerous people with property along the pipeline.

Exxon Mobil argued against class-action status.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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