Lac-Mégantic Class Action -- Victims Demand "Big Oil" Take Responsibility for Explosion: Marathon Oil Corporation and Slawson

Lac-Mégantic Class Action -- Victims Demand "Big Oil" Take Responsibility for 
Explosion: Marathon Oil Corporation and Slawson Exploration Added as 
LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mr. Justice Martin 
Bureau, the judge designated to oversee the Lac Mégantic train explosion 
class action, granted a motion to add two oil producers, Marathon Oil 
Corporation ("MRO") and Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. ("Slawson") as 
Respondents in the Class Proceeding. It is alleged that these were two of 
the companies that produced the highly explosive shale liquids that were 
carried on the train and that they failed to provide adequate warnings about 
the composition of the shale liquids and the true dangers associated with 
shipping it by rail. 
The amendment includes several corporate entities which formed various joint 
ventures with an existing Respondent in the case, World Fuel Services Corp. 
It is alleged that these entities were collectively involved in purchasing the 
shale liquids from MRO and Slawson and thereafter in transporting the liquids 
from the oil wellheads to the transloading station in New Town, North Dakota, 
where they were loaded onto rail tanker cars destined for Irving Oil's 
refinery in New Brunswick. 
Lac-Mégantic lawyer Daniel E. Larochelle explained that these parties were 
added "on the basis that they knew or should have been aware through testing 
that the shale liquids carried a much greater risk of explosion and 
flammability than typical crude oil.They should have communicated this 
increased risk to the purchasers and shippers of the shale liquids." He stated 
that investigations continue in order to ensure that all responsible parties 
will be held accountable. 
The amendment has also added two new proposed representative petitioners, 
Serge Jacques and Louis-Serge Parent, both of whose homes and businesses were 
destroyed as a result of the derailment and ensuing explosions. Further, a 
Motion for a Representation Order has been filed in the MMA Canada CCAA 
proceedings on behalf of all Class Members, in order to provide formal 
standing for all victims in the insolvency proceedings equal to that of other 
A team of experienced class action lawyers has been assembled to assist the 
Lac-Mégantic community to prosecute this action, and consists of Daniel 
Larochelle in Lac-Mégantic, Consumer Law Group in Montréal, Rochon Genova 
LLP of Toronto and Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP of New York and 
San Francisco. 

Daniel E. Larochelle (819) 583-5686 or Jeff Orenstein (514) 266-7863 
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