Oil Plant Manager Wins $1.7M Over Wrongful Prosecution

Law360, New York (October 3, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Friday awarded Hubert P. Vidrine $1.67 million in damages in a suit accusing the federal government of malicious prosecution for a 1996 raid on his oil refinery and subsequent felony indictment for alleged mishandling of hazardous waste.

In a 142-page order, U.S. District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty ruled that while the government had the right to search Canal Refining Co., it did not have probable cause to indict Vidrine. The court also found that Keith Phillips, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
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