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Earthquake Lawsuit Gets Class Action Status

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An Oklahoma lawsuit accusing an oil company of being responsible for damage caused by earthquakes in 2011 has gained class-action status and will go to trial.

 A judge ruled the class includes citizens with property in nine central Oklahoma counties that were damaged by the earthquakes near Prague.

The lawsuit alleges that New Dominion LLC's wastewater disposal operations caused a trio of earthquakes in November 2011. The quakes included a magnitude 5.7, which was the strongest quake in recorded state history until 2016.

Scott Poynter is an attorney for the affected home and business owners. He says he intends to prove "the science behind induced seismicity."

The trial is scheduled to begin in September.

New Dominion declined to comment Monday citing pending litigation.