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

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

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LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, Nov. 7, 2013

LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - 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 



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