Maritime Co. Hit With Class Actions Over Oil Spill

Law360, New York (July 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Maritime transport company American Commercial Lines Inc. has asked a district court to exempt, or at least limit, its liability for an accident that dumped thousands of gallons of fuel into the Mississippi River last week and triggered four proposed class actions.

Louisiana residents began lodging proposed class actions in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Louisiana to hold the company liable for the health and environmental damage caused by the spill almost immediately after it occurred on July 23.

In response, the company announced...
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