Total's $258M Oil Spill Liability Upheld By French Court

Law360, New York (September 25, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT) -- France's highest court on Tuesday reportedly upheld a 2008 ruling finding Total SA criminally liable for a 1999 oil spill that stands as one of France's worst environmental disasters.

Total failed to shake a 2010 appeals court decision ordering the oil giant to pay more than €200 million ($258 million)  in damages and fines stemming from the shipwreck of the Erika tanker off France's Atlantic coast, Agence France Presse reported.

Tuesday’s ruling by the Court of Cassation also upheld convictions for the Erika’s owner, Giuseppe Savarese,...
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