Canadian Pacific lawsuit allowed

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court said it will not block a lawsuit against a Canadian railway firm involved in a 2002 deadly derailment in North Dakota.

The residents of Minot, North Dakota have a dispute with Canadian Pacific Railway over a 2002 derailment. The derailment caused a cloud of toxic anyhydrous ammonia (farm fertilizer) to disperse over the city. One man died and others were treated in hospital for lung and eye problems.

At first the courts declined to get involved. Then a U.S. district judge ruled in 2006 that federal law protected Canadian Pacific from claims stemming from the derailment.

Congress changed the law the same year. The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the claims could be pursued.