House Panel Seeks Quick Fix For Spill Liability Laws

Law360, New York (May 27, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT) -- House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., on Thursday blasted the current legal liability laws for offshore oil disasters, calling them “inadequate” to address the unprecedented oil spill resulting from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig blast.

Conyers and other Judiciary Committee Democrats advocated major and immediate changes to key laws — including the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 and the Death on the High Seas Act — that could reduce the amount paid out in compensatory or punitive...
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