Major Oil Companies implicated in Lac-Mégantic Class Action
LAC MÉGANTIC, QC, July 18, 2013
LAC MÉGANTIC, QC, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - The class action proceeding
(motion for authorization) issued on Monday morning relating to the
Lac-Mégantic train derailment and subsequent devastation suffered by the
community was amended yesterday to include further defendants, including World
Fuel Services Corp., Dakota Plains Holdings, Irving Oil Limited, and their
subsidiaries. World Fuel Services is a publicly traded U.S. corporation and
Irving Oil is one of Canada's largest oil companies.
The claims made against the newly added defendants include the allegation that
they failed to ensure that the highly flammable contents of the DOT-111
tankers that derailed in Lac-Mégantic's downtown area in the early morning
hours of July 6, 2013 were properly contained and safely transported. The
Motion to authorize was amended to reflect the fact that the liability for the
accident is spread across a broader network of involved corporations. As the
facts develop additional entities may be implicated.
The class action is being pursued to ensure that the victims of the July 6,
2013 derailment and all those affected obtain compensation for their
substantial losses. The proposed representative plaintiffs are Guy Ouellet,
whose partner, Diane Bizier, died in the explosion and Yannick Gagné, the
owner of the popular restaurant, Musi-Café, which was destroyed as a result of
the derailment and ensuing explosions.
A team of class action lawyers has been assembled to assist the Lac-Mégantic
community to litigate the action, and consists of Lac-Mégantic lawyer Daniel
E. Larochelle, Consumer Law Group Inc. in Montreal, Rochon Genova LLP of
Toronto and Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP of New York and San
SOURCE ROCHON GENOVA LLP
Daniel E. Larochelle (819) 583-5686 or Jeff Orenstein (514) 266-7863
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