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Enbridge responds to AG’s appeal to move lawsuit back to state

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Enbridge energy is reacting today to a request by the Michigan Attorney General to move her lawsuit against the energy company back to a state court. Enbridge says her appeal undermines a federal court’s “conditions of fairness”

The lawsuit says Enbridge’s pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac violates Michigan’s public trust doctrine. Litigation went on in a state court for a year before Enbridge took the case to federal court.

In her motion, Nessel argues the district and trial courts made multiple errors in moving the case out-of-state.

But a statement from Enbridge says the company is confident District Court Judge Janet Neff made the correct decision to move the case to a federal forum.

Neff said in August the case belongs in a federal court where it can receive proper and fair policy considerations.

Enbridge says Nessel -quote- “seeks to promote gamesmanship and forum shopping” with her motion.

Nessel’s request was announced March 3rd. Enbridge has 10 days to file a countermotion. A federal judge will then decide whether to take the case.

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