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Top court will hear 10 LI cases alleging sewer woes [UPDATED]

New York’s top court said Thursday it will hear arguments in 10 lawsuits pitting Long Island local governments against various construction companies over chronic sewer-system problems.

The villages of Lindenhurst and Babylon, and the Town of Oyster Bay claim, in each case, that decades-long sewer problems constitute “continuing public nuisance” and want the construction companies held liable.

Earlier this year, a midlevel court dismissed all the lawsuits, saying they were time barred. But the state Court of Appeals now has revived the claims. [UPDATE] It will combine all 10 cases in one proceeding, according to court spokesman Gary Spencer. The case likely won't be heard until late 2013, he added.

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