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