Bloomberg Law
Aug. 18, 2022, 9:55 PM

Enbridge Wins Battle to Keep Pipeline Case Out of Michigan Court

Robert Tuttle
Robert Tuttle
Bloomberg News

Enbridge Inc. won a battle in its fight with Michigan’s governor to keep its Line 5 pipeline operating after a judge ruled the legal battle over the oil conduit belongs in federal court.

Judge Janet Neff of the US District Court for Western Michigan rejected Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s effort to move the case to state court, pointing to the “important federal interests at stake in having this dispute heard in federal court,” according to the ruling. Michigan has sought home-court advantage in its litigation to shut the line.

“This properly keeps the Michigan Attorney General’s lawsuit in federal court ...