Total SA's Liability For Erika Tanker Spill Upheld

Law360, New York (March 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT) -- A French appeals court reportedly upheld Tuesday most of a ruling that found Total SA criminally responsible for the 1999 sinking of the Erika tanker, which resulted in one of Europe's most calamitous environmental disasters.

The French appellate court confirmed Total's criminal responsibility for the spill and a €375,000 ($503,000) fine against the oil company in addition to its share of damages, Reuters reported.

A French judge initially ordered Total and three other parties involved in the spill to pay damages totaling €192 million ($258.9 million)....
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