In Duplantier v. BP Amoco, et al., the Louisiana Fourth Circuit court of appeal recently issued a ruling on trial court procedure under Act 312 of 2006, La. R.S. 30:29. Click here to view the opinion. Act 312, which became effective June 8, 2006, requires involvement of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in litigation alleging environmental contamination, including submission of any remediation plan to DNR for approval, and the deposit of remediation funds into the registry of the court for expenditure on actual remediation rather than payment of those funds to the plaintiffs. For more on Act 312, click on this blog’s "Environmental" archive.