We are talking about a class action lawsuit filed against BP Products North America Inc. and BP's attempt to reduce the number of plaintiffs. The lawsuit comes out of a chemical release from a BP refinery. The plaintiffs are both workers -- actually, contractors and subcontractors -- at the plant and members of the community.
BP petitioned the court to remove the workers from the lawsuit, arguing that their injuries were work-related and, so, covered by workers' compensation insurance. Workers' comp is the exclusive remedy for workplace injuries, BP said, so these 315 plaintiffs could not sue for damages.