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We previously reported on Powell v. Tosh, No. 5:09-CV-121-R (W.D. Ky. Oct. 12, 2011), a case in which the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky certified a class action filed on behalf of a group of homeowners for damages allegedly suffered as a result of odors migrating from a nearby hog farm.   As Suzanne suggested in her previous post, Powell quite possibly may have been the first decision granting class certification in an environmental toxic tort case since the Supreme Court’s June 2011 decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) – a decision that many speculated would be the death knell to class actions in this arena.  Read More »

In light of the recent decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S.Ct. 2541 (2011) and, thereafter, Gates v. Rohm & Hass Co., 655 F.3d 255 (3rd Cir. 2011), one might have wondered whether there would ever be another federal environmental tort class certified. Well, the wait is over as on October 12, 2011, just such occurred in the Western District of Kentucky. Read More »