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A $600 MILLION LAWSUIT by Syncrude Canada Ltd. and eight other plaintiffs against Stearns Catalytic Ltd., Calgary, and parent Air Products & Chemical Inc. got under way in Edmonton. The trial could last 2 years. The plaintiffs allege a faulty pipe carrying superheated bitumen ruptured under pressure and caused a 1984 fire at Syncrude's Fort McMurray, Alta., oilsands plant. They allege a 31 day production shutdown cost Syncrude about $104 million, and lost royalty and equity interest

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