Boat Cos. Face $25M Suit Over Miss. River Oil Cleanup

Law360, New York (August 22, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. slapped American Commercial Lines LLC and DRD Towing Co. LLC with a $24.8 million suit in Louisiana on Monday, demanding they foot the cleanup bill for a major oil spill in the Mississippi River in 2008 that led to criminal charges.

More than 282,000 gallons of oil gushed into the lower Mississippi River following a July 2008 collision between a Laurin Maritime Inc. tanker and an unmanned barge being pushed by a tugboat owned by American Commercial, the complaint argues. DRD Towing had contracted...
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