Current Environmental & Toxic Tort Cases
BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The April 20, 2010 explosion, fire and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon has resulted in an oil spill of devastating proportions in the Gulf of Mexico. Mason LLP has co-founded the BP Oil Spill Legal Network, a national coalition of attorneys with extensive experience litigating environmental and mass tort cases, to represent individuals and businesses who have suffered harm resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The BP Oil Spill Legal Network has filed class actions in Louisiana and Alabama on behalf of commercial fisherman and operators of charter boat operators who have suffered economic losses caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill against BP, Haliburton Energy Services, Inc., and Cameron International Corporation. The class action filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana is available here. The class action filed in the Southern District of Alabama is available here.
The BP Oil Spill Legal Network is also pursuing individual claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) for economic losses suffered by other individuals, including those employed in the tourism industry, and owners of private property. If you believe you have a claim for economic losses caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, please contact us.
Kivalina, Alaska: Global Warming
Mason LLP, along with five other law firms and two non-profit legal organizations, represents the Inupiat Eskimo Village of Kivalina in northwest Alaska in a ground-breaking lawsuit against several major industrial greenhouse gas emitters for damages caused by global warming. As recognized by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, global warming has melted the sea ice that has protected Kivalina from crippling ocean storms for centuries, and now Kivalina must be relocated or face total destruction. The federal government has estimated that relocation can cost as much as $400 million.
Bhopal, India: Union Carbide Toxic Contamination
Mason LLP has joined in the representation of citizens of Bhopal, India who have been exposed to toxic contamination emanating from the now-abandoned Union Carbide Pesticide Plant— the site of the infamous 1984 gas leak that killed and injured thousands of helpless nearby residents. Through this litigation, Plaintiffs allege that chemicals remaining at the Plant’s site have contaminated the local groundwater, which has caused the surrounding communities to suffer from a variety of health ailments, including cancers and neurological disorders. The lawsuit, currently pending in the Southern District of New York, seeks to compel Union Carbide to clean-up the Plant site and pay damages to those individuals who have been injured by the toxic pollution.
Riggs Park Underground Storage Tank Litigation
Mason LLP represented owners of more than one hundred homes located in Riggs Park, a Washington, D.C. neighborhood in litigation against Chevron USA. The plaintiffs alleged that Chevron and other owners and operators of a neighboring gas station were responsible for a massive underground gasoline leak. The parties reached an agreement to settle the case for approximately $6.2 million in August 2008.
Patuxent River Oil Spill
Mason LLP recovered $2.25 million for commercial fisherman and homeowners for damages caused by an oil spill that discharged approximately 111,000 gallons of oil into the Patuxent River in Maryland in April 2000. This was the largest oil spill in the history of Maryland.