Shell Rethinks $90M Waste Harm Deal After Secrecy Nixed

Law360, Los Angeles (December 5, 2014, 9:57 PM EST) -- Shell Oil Co. on Friday told a California judge that it is reconsidering a previously agreed-upon $90 million settlement of personal injury claims brought by Los Angeles area residents allegedly harmed by buried waste oil, saying the court's refusal to grant the agreement confidentiality left it unsettled.

Shell's $90 million deal, which had been touted by plaintiff's counsel Thomas Girardi of Girardi Keese in statements given to local media, was brokered to clear personal injury claims brought by almost 1,500 residents of Carson, California, whose homes were built on top of a former oil tank farm. The residents have also brought...

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