Feds Sue Scrap Metal Biz Owners Over $22M Barge Spill

Law360, New York (January 16, 2014, 7:24 PM EST) -- The U.S. government on Thursday sued the owners of a defunct Washington state scrap metal business at the center of a botched effort to dismantle a barge that allegedly caused a $22 million oil spill in the Columbia River, demanding they cover the cleanup bill personally.

The feds are trying to pierce the corporate veil of Principle Recovery Systems LLC and hold its four partners liable for Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund payouts after one of the partners, Bret Simpson, abandoned a 430-foot World War II-era...
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Case Information

Case Title

United States of America v. Principle Recovery Systems LLC et al

Case Number



Washington Western

Nature of Suit

Environmental Matters


Benjamin H. Settle

Date Filed

January 15, 2014

Government Agencies

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