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Southeast Louisiana flood protection authority-east lawsuit remains in federal court

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protections Authority-East Lawsuit, commonly known as the “levee lawsuits” will remain in federal court. He explained that the energy companies’ activities are governed by federal laws, not state.

“In an 83-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown agreed with that argument, finding that levee authority’s claims demanding repair of wetlands or damages ‘necessarily raise a federal issue, actually disputed and substantial, which a federal forum may entertain without disturbing the congressional approved balance of federal and state judicial responsibilities.’”

To read more on this decision, visit the Times Picayune’s full description here.

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