Shipping Co. Faces Criminal Charges For Oil Spill

Law360, New York (July 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal grand jury has issued a criminal indictment against shipping company Fleet Management Ltd., charging it with negligence and falsifying documents relating to the operation of its ship, which spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay in 2007.

On Wednesday, the grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued its second superseding indictment adding Fleet Management as a co-defendant in the case.

The case was originally brought against Capt. John Joseph Cota, who was piloting...
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