CP Rail, Union Tank, Trinity Industries, GE Railcar Services and Western
Petroleum Implicated in the Lac-Mégantic Class Proceeding
LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, Aug. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Railway Co. ("CP")
has been added as a respondent. It is alleged that CP entrusted the
transport of highly explosive shale liquids to a carrier with one of the
poorest safety records in the industry which was operating on poorly
maintained "excepted track" that did not permit the transport of flammable or
dangerous goods, with speeds limited to 10 km/h. It is also alleged that CP
knew at that time that MMA was insolvent and underinsured.
The amendment has also added Union Tank Car Company, Trinity Industries and
General Electric Rail Car Services Corp. (lessors of the tanker cars) and
Western Petroleum Company (lessee of the tanker cars). Lac-Mégantic lawyer
Mtre. Daniel Larochelle explained that these parties were added "on the basis
that they were well aware that these non-reinforced older model DOT-111
tankers were wholly unsuitable for the transport of these highly explosive
shale liquids." He stated that investigations continue to ensure that all
responsible parties will be held accountable.
The proposed representative plaintiffs are Guy Ouellet, whose partner Diane
Bizier died in the explosion, and Yannick Gagné, the owner of popular
restaurant Musi-Café, which was destroyed as a result of the derailment and
A team of experienced class action lawyers has been assembled to assist the
Lac-Mégantic community to prosecute this action, and consists of Mtre. Daniel
Larochelle, Consumer Law Group in Montreal, Rochon Genova LLP of Toronto and
Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP of New York and San Francisco.
SOURCE ROCHON GENOVA LLP
Daniel Larochelle (819) 583-5686 or Jeff Orenstein (514) 266-7863
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