Judge urged to vacate order dismissing lawsuit over 2013 Mayflower oil spill


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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Plaintiffs are urging a Little Rock federal judge to vacate his order dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil, saying the oil giant suppressed evidence in the case.

The lawsuit, filed over a 2013 oil spill in a Mayflower subdivision, was dismissed last month by the judge. The suit had been filed on behalf of landowners whose property was physically crossed by the pipeline.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1H6PvAN ) reports the plaintiffs' attorneys contend in a new Monday filing that the judge's order should be vacated because of new material evidence. They say the evidence, which was filed under seal Tuesday, shows Exxon Mobil has engaged in "unreasonable behavior that encompassed the entire pipeline."

A company spokesman says they agree with the judge's original order and will respond in court.

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

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