Kerr-McGee Witness Begins Defense In $25B Tronox Case

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT) -- Trial resumed Tuesday in Tronox Inc.'s $25 billion suit against ex-parent Kerr-McGee Corp. following failed talks, with the defendant's first witness testifying that a 2000 acquisition of a titanium dioxide business carried latent environmental liabilities that the company didn't know about.

Former Kerr-McGee Chemical LLC Vice President Joseph A. Flake, who spent 20 years working in the chemical company that ultimately would become Tronox before moving to the oil exploration and production side of the company, testified about Project Apollo, in which Kerr-McGee picked up Kemira...
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