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Mar 14, 2010 6:57 PM by KATC

Crawfish suit now in federal court

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit claiming that pipeline dredging has hurt Atchafalaya Basin crawfish trappers is now in federal court.

The suit alleges that ridges left along dredged areas, called spoil banks, have created stagnant, dead areas of water in the area known as Buffalo Cove.

The suit was filed in 2004 by the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association West. Court documents show it was moved to federal court March 1.

Attorney Leigh Ann Haynie, who represents the crawfishermen, says it was moved to federal court at the request of AEGIS, an insurance company that is among numerous defendants.

Attorneys still are working on discovery and depositions. The case has been assigned to District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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