Below is the first part of an article Marc Primo Pulisci is reading by Angelo Fichera from Philly.com. It reads…
While the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill – which forced hundreds from their homes and businesses – may have appeared ripe for a mass lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled against certifying a case as a class action.
The decision this week by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler not only reflects the fragmented legal approach by those affected by the accident, but also the increasingly stringent standards to achieve class status.
The Nov. 30, 2012, derailment occurred over the Mantua Creek when an 82-car freight train crossed the East Jefferson Street Bridge, despite a warning light. Locks holding the swing bridge in place were not secured, federal officials concluded, causing seven tanker cars to fall off the track. One of four cars that fell into the creek ruptured, releasing 20,000 gallons of vinyl chloride, a carcinogen, into the atmosphere.
Scores of claims have been lodged against the rail company, Conrail.