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