Closing Arguments Begin in Neodesha Lawsuit

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ERIE, Kan. (AP) _ Closing arguments have begun in the City of Neodesha's (nee-OH-duh-SHAYZ) lawsuit against BP Corporation and its predecessors in what may be one of the longest jury trials ever in Kansas.

The city is seeking more than 423 million dollars in a massive pollution trial to recover the costs of cleanup and damages caused by the world's second largest oil company.

Plaintiff attorney John Edgar likened it to a 'David and Goliath' battle in his closing arguments this morning.

The trial in Erie began in August and jurors heard testimony from 46 witnesses during 69 days of testimony. Closing arguments are expected to continue tomorrow.

Edgar told jurors that the life of a town and its people was at stake as they decide whether the corporation will get to use a town in southeast Kansas as its toxic waste dump.