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Judge rules lawsuit against USNPS for 2016 fires in Great Smoky Mountains NP can go forward

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A federal judge is letting a multimillion-dollar lawsuit proceed against the federal government over the November 2016 Chimney Tops 2 fire disaster.

Senior Judge Thomas Phillips, in a filing Monday, declined to support the government's bid to dismiss the case. The government argued the victims didn't have jurisdiction to sue.

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