Shell, Other Oil Cos. Lose Bid For $92M In WWII Cleanup Costs

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 3:22 PM EST) -- In a major reversal, the U.S. Court of Federal claims on Monday found that the U.S. is not obligated to indemnify Shell Oil Co. and others for $92 million in cleanup costs at sites contaminated with aviation fuel from World War II.

Judge Thomas C. Wheeler determined that the dispute turns on a tax-related clause in the government’s contracts with oil companies Shell, Atlantic Richfield Co., Texaco Inc. and Union Oil Co., and found that the clause does not contain any language that could reasonably interpreted...
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