Liability Pact Valid In Spat Over $81M BP Fire: Judge

Law360, New York (April 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT) -- In a lawsuit alleging that shoddy piping work by JV Industrial Cos. Ltd. caused an $81 million fire at a BP Products North America Inc. refinery, a federal judge has ruled that a contract requiring the construction company to pay for property damage at the site is valid.

Judge Nancy Atlas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued the ruling Wednesday, though it remains to be decided whether JV's negligence caused the fire, which BP needs to show in order to...
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