Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over LA Oil Spill

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over LA Oil Spill

Federal Judge Eldon Fallon has granted class action status to a group of plaintiffs after a large Murphy Oil Corporation oil spill wreaked havoc on a Louisiana city during Hurricane Katrina last fall.

After the devastating hurricane, over 25,000 barrels of crude oil were spilled from Murphy Oil’s Chalmette, Louisiana refinery into the working class city of 68,000.

The 113 plaintiffs allege that Murphy’s negligence contributed to the oil spill. Murphy oil company says that an “act of god” caused the oil spill.

According to Judge Fallon, the plaintiff’s claims met the requirements necessary to justify a class action lawsuit against the oil company.

Murphy has tried to convince the court that a class action lawsuit was not necessary, arguing that the company was moving aggressively with its own settlement program to compensate those that suffered damages as a result of the oil spill.

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