Louisiana "legacy litigation" refers to hundreds of lawsuits in the state seeking damages allegedly related to environmental harm caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities. For landowners, legacy lawsuits in Louisiana have been likened to winning the lottery. Indeed, Louisiana generally remains an unwelcome venue for oil and gas companies facing allegations that properties they operated or had interests in are contaminated by historic oil and gas operations. Often, these landowners seek hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars in damages concerning property that is valued at a minute fraction of those amounts, arguing that the property should be restored beyond regulatory standards to its "original" condition. However, oil and gas companies question whether landowners awarded such damages will ever conduct such a restoration.
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