Citgo Should Have Ensured Oil Ship's Safety, US Tells 3rd Circ.

Law360, Washington (March 12, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government told the Third Circuit on Friday that a lower court erred in dismissing an $88 million suit against Citgo Asphalt Refining Co. stemming from a 2004 oil tanker accident, saying ensuring safe passage for the ship was Citgo's responsibility.

The government said the Pennsylvania federal judge relied on a faulty interpretation of maritime law and wrongly determined that Citgo had done its due diligence when it sent a Frescati Shipping Co. tanker up the Delaware River to an obstructed port to offload its...
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