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Legal teams meet in court over "black dust" claims

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A resident in Portland runs a magnet near the black dust to show its magnetic properties. A resident in Portland runs a magnet near the black dust to show its magnetic properties.
PORTLAND -

In Portland, the legal battle continues over mysterious black dust found on the homes of some residents as attorneys for both sides met in court.

The issue on the table concerns claims from around 250 residents that a mysterious black dust was found on their homes and properties. That dust, they claimed, came from Voestalpine's nearby industrial plant.

The company repeatedly said it did not have enough information to confirm or deny claims that the dust came from its plant. Residents responded by filing a class action lawsuit.

In court Friday there was discussion on whether the case should proceed as a class action suit or if the cases should be tried individually.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs also asked the judge to inspect the Voestalpine plant.

A trial date is expected to be set next March.

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