Virgin Islands Denied Immunity On CERCLA Claims

Law360, New York (June 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge has rejected the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources' argument that sovereign immunity exempts it from counterclaims brought by an oil refinery operator in a dispute over cleanup costs related to St. Croix's primary freshwater source.

Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III of the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands on Friday denied a motion from the department to dismiss counterclaims brought against it by two groups of defendants — one of which assumed operations of an oil refinery and the other...
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