Boat Cos. Face $25M Suit Over Miss. River Oil Cleanup

Law360, New York (August 22, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. slapped American Commercial Lines LLC and DRD Towing Co. LLC with a $24.8 million suit in Louisiana on Monday, demanding they foot the cleanup bill for a major oil spill in the Mississippi River in 2008 that led to criminal charges.

More than 282,000 gallons of oil gushed into the lower Mississippi River following a July 2008 collision between a Laurin Maritime Inc. tanker and an unmanned barge being pushed by a tugboat owned by American Commercial, the complaint argues. DRD Towing had contracted...
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Case Information

Case Title

United States of America v. American Commercial Lines, LLC et al

Case Number



Louisiana Eastern

Nature of Suit

Environmental Matters


Ivan L.R. Lemelle

Date Filed

August 22, 2011


Government Agencies

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