- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a judge’s dismissal of one of the lawsuits coastal Louisiana parishes have filed against oil companies over coastal wetlands damage (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Louisiana’s oil industry is hailing a state judge’s dismissal of Jefferson Parish’s lawsuit against oil companies it blames for contributing to coastal damage.

Meanwhile, an attorney handling the litigation for the parish says papers will be filed in court soon to address the judge’s ruling.

Judge Stephen Enright agreed with oil industry lawyers who said the state must first pursue administrative remedies over the alleged damage before going to court.

John Carmouche an attorney for the parish said there is a misunderstanding as to whether such administrative remedies exist in this case. He said papers soon will be filed in the district court “to cure that misunderstanding.”

Similar suits are pending in Plaquemines, Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

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4 p.m.

A state judge in Jefferson Parish has dismissed the parish’s lawsuit against oil companies accused of damaging coastal wetlands.

Jefferson is among coastal parishes making such claims in state courts. Judge Stephen Enright’s decision, dated Aug. 1 and made public Tuesday, says the parish lawsuit was premature and that the parish must first seek remedies through state regulatory agencies.

An attorney who filed suit for the parishes did not immediately return a call for comment. Oil industry supporters hailed the decision.

Similar suits have been filed in Plaquemines, Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

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