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International Paper Company Cases

  • Slocum et al v. International Paper Company et al, No. 16-12563
  • Sanders et al v. International Paper Company et al, No. 16-12567
  • Bolton v. International Paper, No. 16-13346
  • Jarrell et al v. International Paper Company et al, No. 16-13793

On June 10, 2015, the sight glass on an evaporator tank containing black liquor ruptured at the Bogalusa Paper Mill, which resulted in a stream of black liquor erupting several feet into the air and dispersing into the atmosphere. Black liquor is a by-product of the paper making process. Black liquor is typically recycled in evaporator tanks for repeated use in the pulping process. Nearby residents contend that the dispersal of black liquor caused personal injury, property damage and/or emotional distress, and argue that Defendants are liable for Plaintiffs’ damages. These nearby residents have filed a series of class action cases that arise out of injuries they allegedly sustained as a result of this discharge of “black liquor” at the Bogalusa Paper Mill. They assert claims against Defendant International Paper Company, for failure to provide complete and accurate information about the chemical composition and known risks presented by “black liquor” that was allegedly discharged from a ruptured evaporator tank at the Bogalusa Paper Mill. Plaintiffs’ theories of liability sound in negligence, strict liability, and nuisance. Defendant denies liability and contests any causal link between Plaintiffs' alleged injuries and the incident.

The Honorable Eldon E. Fallon
500 Poydras Street, Room C-456
New Orleans, LA 70130

May 15, 2018   

On this date at 10:00 a.m., the Court will conduct a show cause hearing regarding Defendant’s motion to dismiss. To participate in the hearing, please use the following information:
Phone number: 877-336-1839; Access code: 4227405; Security code: 051518
Please keep your line on mute until the Court calls your case. Thank you.


May 15, 2018   

On this date at 10:00 a.m., the Court will conduct a show cause hearing regarding Defendant’s motion to dismiss. To participate in the hearing, please use the following information:
Phone number: 877-336-1839; Access code: 4227405; Security code: 051518
Please keep your line on mute until the Court calls your case. Thank you.