DOJ Tries To Sink Ship Owners' Claims In Oil Spill Suit

Law360, New York (November 13, 2009, 1:40 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a judge to dismiss affirmative defenses and counterclaims brought by the owners of a container ship in the government's suit over a November 2007 incident in which the vessel struck a bridge support in San Francisco Bay and triggered a massive oil spill.

The agency's summary judgment motion, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, comes after the DOJ previously launched a bid for partial summary judgment that the defendants couldn't carry their...
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