BP Oil Beats Neodosha in Pollution Case

ERIE, Kan. (AP) _ A southeast Kansas jury sided with oil giant BP North America in a pollution lawsuit filed by the city of Neodesha.

The city was seeking to recover the costs of cleanup and damage caused by an oil refinery.

Jurors reached the decision after less than three days of deliberation in one of the longest jury trials ever held in Kansas.

The trial began in late August, with Wilson County jurors hearing from 46 witnesses during 69 days of testimony.

Neodesha demanded more than 400 million dollars in a class-action lawsuit for the 2,700 residents of the town. The lawsuit alleged liability for spills, breach of contract and fraud. The city lost on all counts.

A BP spokeswoman says the company intends to continue the cleanup at Neodesha.

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