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Federal Court Refuses To Certify Class Action In Lawsuit Arising Out Of 2005 Train Derailment

The Associated Press reports today that U.S. District Court Judge Harry Barnes of Arkansas has denied plaintiffs’ class action certification motion, but has permitted the lawsuit to proceed on an individual basis. According to AP, the class action complaint was filed following the 2005 derailment of a Union Pacific train; the derailment caused an explosion that killed a woman. Judge Barnes ruled that the lawsuit failed to satisfy the requirements for a class action, AP reports, but permitted that the four named plaintiffs may proceed to trial on June 2, 2008, on their individual claims.

The article, entitled “Judge denies class-action for lawsuit over 2005 UP train derailment,” was published by AP on December 31, 2007.