Nalco Skirts Lawsuits Over Corexit Use After BP Oil Spill

Law360, Los Angeles (November 30, 2012, 6:19 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday dismissed personal injury lawsuits against chemical maker Nalco over the use of its oil dispersant Corexit after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, ruling that federal authority to clean up oil spills preempted injury claims by workers and residents.

In a 36-page decision on Tuesday granting Nalco's motion for summary judgment, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier of New Orleans, who oversees the multidistrict litigation concerning the oil disaster, ruled that claims for exposure-related injuries were barred by the Clean Water Act and the National Contingency Plan.

Judge Barbier rejected plaintiffs' argument that Nalco was liable...

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