Vitol, Idemitsu Duck Puerto Rico's MTBE Claims

Law360, New York (January 2, 2014, 1:51 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Monday cut loose Dutch energy trading giant Vitol SA and a unit of Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. from Puerto Rico’s suit seeking compensation for alleged groundwater contamination from tainted gasoline they handled, finding the claims time-barred.

The companies were added as defendants in December 2012 to a suit the commonwealth filed in 2007 and which was merged into long-running multidistrict litigation over alleged groundwater pollution, actual or threatened, from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether and...
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