Texas Court Should Toss BPZ Tanker Explosion Suit: Panel

Law360, New York (January 31, 2012, 6:52 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court on Tuesday directed a lower court to toss a suit brought against BPZ Energy Inc. by crew members injured in an oil tanker explosion off the coast of Peru, saying it was an inconvenient forum for the case.

A three-judge panel granted BPZ’s request for a writ of mandamus, saying Texas state Judge Robert Schaffer’s denial of BPZ’s request to dismiss the suit on the basis of forum non conveniens was an abuse of that court’s discretion. The dispute can be handled...
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