Judge: Damages Caused By ‘Orphaned Anchors’ Not Preempted By Clean Water Act

Mealey's (September 9, 2016, 1:15 PM EDT) -- NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in Louisiana on Sept. 7 ruled that three workers who were onboard an oyster harvesting boat that got caught on anchors left behind following response actions to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig can pursue claims for negligence under maritime law, finding that their claims are not preempted by the Clean Water Act (CWA) and not covered by the economic and property damages settlement (Brian Winkler, et al. v....
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