Boat Operator Can't Shift $25M Oil Spill Bill To Cleanup Cos.

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday denied American Commercial Lines LLC’s bid to pull two remediation companies into a U.S. suit over $24.8 million in cleanup costs from a 2008 Mississippi River oil spill that led to criminal charges.

Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle found that the dispute is governed by the Oil Pollution Act, which imposes strict liability on responsible parties and bars ACL from transferring liability to the third parties. ACL launched third-party complaints against the companies in January 2012, saying it already had...
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