Egan Avoids $3.5M Payout In US' Oil Spill Suit

Law360, New York (October 14, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge hit Egan Marine Corp. with a $100,000 penalty Thursday for an oil spill in a Chicago canal, but ruled the U.S. could not recoup the more than $3.5 million it spent on cleanup because it failed to establish Egan acted with gross negligence.

The suit, brought by the federal government against Egan, stemmed from the January 2005 explosion of a barge on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. A tugboat owned by Egan was pulling the barge, which exploded after a load...
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