Chinese Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips Over 2011 Oil Spill

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT) -- A group of Chinese fishermen on Monday launched a suit in Texas federal court against ConocoPhillips Co. over a June 2011 oil spill in China's Bohai Bay, claiming their efforts to seek damages in China are being blocked by the Chinese government.

The 30 fishermen claim they asked a Chinese court for permission to sue ConocoPhillips — a requirement of the country’s court system — but the court has blocked their request. They are seeking damages against the Texas-based oil giant, which in April reached a...
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