Shipper Can't Escape $25M Oil Spill Cleanup Costs

Law360, New York (June 12, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday shot down American Commercial Lines LLC’s effort to escape liability for $24.8 million in cleanup costs from a 2008 Mississippi River oil spill by voiding its contract with a marine company.

River shipping company ACL had sought to establish that it didn't have a valid contractual relationship with DRD Towing Co. LLC at the time of a barge collision that caused the spill, because if it was successful in proving that, ACL said it would beat the federal government’s lawsuit seeking...
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Case Title

Gabarick et al v. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc. et al

Case Number



Louisiana Eastern

Nature of Suit

Torts to Land


Ivan L.R. Lemelle

Date Filed

July 24, 2008

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