Total May Be Liable For Cleanup Costs: EU Court

Law360, New York (June 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- French oil company Total SA, the world's fourth-largest oil and gas company, may reportedly be held liable under European Union rules for cleanup costs relating to a 1999 tanker spill off the coast of France, although the matter is for a French court to decide, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday.

The owner of the Erika, a tanker carrying Total fuel oil that sank in December of 1999, should be regarded as having produced the waste oil, but the French national courts could hold Total...
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