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More Katrina shopping

This time it's law, rather than for venue, being shopped for in the aftermath of the hurricane:

In one of several lawsuits consolidated in federal court in Baton Rouge, La., Mr. Becnel, whose Reserve, La., firm is called The Law Offices of Daniel E. Becnel Jr., charges that Murphy Oil USA Inc. failed to take the necessary precautions to secure a tank that leaked 819,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into a St. Bernard neighborhood. The suit seeks to have the El Dorado, Ark.-based oil company pay the owners of around 2,000 homes the value of their property and punitive damages.

Mr. Becnel said he would assert Arkansas law in the case because that's where decisions regarding the plant's operation were made and it is a state where punitive damages are allowed in such cases, whereas Louisiana is not. (emphasis added)

-- from a news story by Michael Bradford in the November 14 issue of Business Insurance (sub-only). More: NOLA news weblog (New Orleans Times-Picayune), Sept. 28.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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