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US Fights Penalty Rate Ruling in Citgo Spill Suit

Law360 (March 8, 2011, 3:03 PM EST) -- The federal government on Monday asked for reconsideration of a judge's pre-trial order that any civil penalty against Citgo Petroleum Corp. in a lawsuit over a June 2006 oil spill in Louisiana would be calculated on a per-day basis.

The government contended in its motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana that the order was contrary to the Clean Water Act, which does not provide for a per-day penalty assessment if gross negligence is proven.

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Case Information

Case Title

USA et al v. Citgo Petroleum Corp

Case Number



Louisiana Western

Nature of Suit

Environmental Matters


Dee D Drell

Date Filed

June 24, 2008

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