As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the Central District of California has issued an order denying an attempt by Plains All American Pipeline to escape liability for the harm its 2015 Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara brought to affected property owners after the rupture of one of the company’s onshore pipelines. [Read more…]
Thousands of Fishermen, Oil Workers and Property Owners Follow Criminal Suit with Civil Action for Losses Relating to Refugio State Beach Oil Spill
Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline has been found guilty of criminal charges relating to the 2015 oil spill at Santa Barbara’s Refugio State Beach. That verdict is very likely to help class action plaintiffs in the related civil suits stemming from the spill. “We think it is critically important that the criminal jury has determined beyond reasonable doubt that Plains knowingly engaged in or caused the discharge or spill of oil into the waters of the state,” notes Lieff Cabraser attorney and co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel Robert J. Nelson. “Our view is that the verdict has a preclusive impact on our case,” added Nelson. “We hope to take advantage of many aspects of this criminal trial, not just the verdicts. We’ll see what happens when we make that motion to our court.” [Read more…]
Notice has been issued to Fishers and Fish processing businesses confirming that their claims are now part of a class action that has been certified by the United States District Court. Information has been mailed to each identified class member and additional information is available on-line, through various trade associations, and various publications. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360, Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California has issued an order certifying a subclass of fishers, fish buyers, and other affected businesses in litigation against Plains All American Pipeline LP relating to the 2015 Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara. The spill occurred in May of 2015 when a 10-mile-long, 24-inch-wide oil pipeline ruptured and discharged over 100,000 gallons of crude oil onto beaches and into the Pacific Ocean, contaminating several State Marine Conservation Areas and forcing the closure of beaches, fishing grounds, and shellfish operations. [Read more…]
Keller Rohrback LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, which represented those affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, have filed a class action lawsuit against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) and Plains Pipeline, L.P., stemming from the Refugio State Beach oil spill in Santa Barbara.