Posted On: January 27, 2012

Temple Inland Paper Mill Spill January Status Update

The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee ("PSC") appointed by Judge Lance Africk of the United States District Court, Eastern District, Louisiana has been engaged in adversarial discovery process. Although Temple Inland ("TIN") has begun to comply, many more samples and tests will be required to know the scope of the loss of fish and wildlife, the impact on the commercial fishermen, land owners, water quality and associated use rights. Toward that end, we have scheduled testing. Our objective is to determine the effects of the release(s) and the content(s) of the release(s) through our experts. A preliminary expert report on the number of fish killed has been issued, subject to revision after complete testing in the river.

A status conference is set for February 8, 2012 with Judge Africk. If you are one of our class members and have any updated documentation to support your claim, please be sure to get that information to our office at your earliest convenience.

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Posted On: January 6, 2012

Temple Inland Paper Mill Spill Case Advances

Thornhill Law Firm filed the Evans class action, which has been established by federal Judge Africk as the lead action against TIN, Inc. d/b/a Temple Inland (“TIN”). All other cases with similar issues and damages are consolidated under the Evans class action in order to efficiently and most accurately work through the legal process. The court has appointed Tom Thornhill as Liaison Counsel and has appointed a Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (“PSC”) to serve with alongside to prosecute all claims against the TIN.

We have initiated expedited discovery in the case including Rule 26 Disclosures required by law where we obtain documents, evidence, and answers to vital questions relevant to this lawsuit. The expedited discovery includes an Order issued on December 12, 2011 by federal Magistrate Judge Alma Chasez to TIN to provide us with all test results issued and all samples taken by TIN. Our objective is to determine the effects of the release(s) and the content(s) of the release(s) through our experts. A preliminary expert report on the number of fish killed has been issued subject to revision after complete testing in the river.

We intend to file a Master Complaint on January 11, 2012, and a status conference was held December 28, 2011 with the Judge. If you are a class action member we will be contacted you in the next sixty (60) days for additional information to support your claim. Meanwhile, if you have any additional photos or updated documentation to support your claim, please be sure to get that information to our office at your earliest convenience.

In the meantime, we will continue to aggressively pursue the claim against the Defendant. We will contact you throughout this process with requests for necessary information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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