La. High Court Axes Punitive Damages In Citgo Oil Spill

Law360, New York (March 14, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday said workers exposed to toxins from the 2006 oil spill from a Citgo Petroleum Corp. refinery were not entitled to punitive damages under Louisiana law, finding that a lower court was wrong in applying other states' punitive damage statutes.

In a split decision, the state’s high court found a lower court and appeals court both erred in applying Texas and Oklahoma state law to the case based on the fact that Citgo was once headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., and is...
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