Oil Platform Dismantling Spat Heads To State Court

Law360, New York (December 18, 2009, 3:53 PM EST) -- A battle between Marathon Oil Co. and Union Oil Co. of California over who is contractually responsible for decommissioning a now-defunct oil platform in Alaska is heading to state court following a federal judge's remand of the action over Marathon's objections.

Judge Ralph R. Beistline of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska remanded the action Thursday, agreeing with Union and with the state of Alaska, a defendant in the case, that the case could not be heard in a federal court.

The dispute...
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