Class-action litigation on behalf of consumers against an oil company for contamination of water supplies from gasoline additive MTBE came to trial first in North Carolina in October, 1997, resulting in a settlement against Conoco. The terms are held confidential, says attorney Celeste Evangelisti with Cooper & Scully, Dallas, Texas. Next at bat in a court trial will be an MTBE water contamination case in January for water problems in Lake Tahoe, CA. These, however, appear to be only ...

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