BP Escapes $20M Suit Over Contaminated Gas Station Deal

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal judge on Thursday granted summary judgment to BP West Coast Products LLC in a $20 million fraud suit over environmental damage at a gas station property purchased from BP, ruling that buyer Pyramid Gold Inc. was properly informed of contamination before the sale.

Pyramid Gold and its owner Hatem M. Shalabi claimed that BP had assured them that there was no pollution on the Tacoma, Wash., property, but U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle noted that BP provided Pyramid with an baseline environmental...
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