Below is the first part of an article by Joe Green from It reads…

CAMDEN — A federal judge has thwarted efforts to stop a class action suit concerning the November 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill.

U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler denied a motion by Conrail and other companies to keep more than 100 individuals and businesses from combining their complaints into a class action.

The ruling doesn’t mean those 100-plus — who seek damages for financial losses — will definitely be able to pursue their case. A court still must decide whether to certify the class action suit, based on evidence that they can do so legally.

The failed motion by Conrail and the others was merely an attempt to stop that before it even got to the certification stage.

In their motion, the companies argued that the court cannot verify that the plaintiffs were all truly affected by the derailment — and therefore have legal standing to sue in this case — without extra encumbering hearings.

But Kugler said in part that the evacuation and shelter-in-place areas designated after the derailment were defined, and the plaintiffs’ home and business addresses are verifiable.


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