Magistrate Denies Chevron Guilty Plea In Pelican Deaths

Law360, New York (November 3, 2009, 4:29 PM EST) -- Chevron USA Inc. cannot plead guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in a case over brown pelicans that were discovered to have died in a structure it built to protect an oil wellhead in Louisiana, a federal judge has ruled.

Magistrate Judge C. Michael Hill of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on Friday denied Chevron's tender of a guilty plea, ruling that strict liability under the MBTA could not be extended to include Chevron's conduct, as set out in...
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