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Ackerman v. ExxonMobil Corporation, 12-1103

A district court order abstaining from exercising jurisdiction in a putative class action alleging several state law causes of action for the contamination of plaintiffs' properties by gasoline and the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl (MTBE) from defendant's station is affirmed, where: 1) the district court was correct to consider the amended Koch complaint in determining whether the Koch and Ackerman actions were parallel actions; and 2) the district court did not abuse its discretion when concluding that exceptional circumstances warranted abstention under the Colorado River doctrine in favor of the pending Koch action.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/07/2013
  • Published 08/07/2013




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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