Total On Hook For $1B In Claims From Huge UK Blast

Law360, New York (March 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.K.'s High Court of Justice ruled Friday that French oil giant Total was responsible for a 2005 blast at a British fuel depot, putting the company on the hook for £750 million ($1.1 billion) in claims related to the biggest peacetime explosion in the history of Europe.

Justice David Steel rejected Total's argument that liability in the case should be shared between it and Chevron, which had together developed the site as a joint venture. He concluded that since all the employees at the plant...
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