Fishing Co. Still On Hook In $24M Pollution Suit

Law360, Washington (May 15, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Washington on Monday refused to toss out criminal charges lodged against commercial fishing company Sanford Ltd. for allegedly discharging oil-contaminated sludge into the ocean, leaving the shipper on the hook for $24 million worth of illegal pollution activity.

Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against several motions asking for dismissal of five out of seven charges filed against New Zealand-based shipper Sanford and former ship engineer James Pogue.

A grand jury returned an indictment...
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