Hearing Date Set in Refugio Oil Spill Criminal Case, Class Action Advances

The criminal case against Plains All-American Pipeline regarding the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill will next be in court in November for a trial call date, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. A county Grand Jury indicted the company on 46 criminal counts one year after the May 19, 2015, spill, in which […]

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Santa Barbara News-Press: Fisher class certified in Plains All American lawsuit

A judge certified one of four groups in a federal class-action lawsuit stemming from the Plains All American oil spill in 2015. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez last week certified the “fisher and fish industry” subclass, but denied certification for the property owner, oil industry and tourism industry subclasses. In ruling that “fishers and […]

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KEYT-TV: Fisherman can move forward against Plains All American

Here’s a news report by KEYT-TV about a United States District Court judge’s ruling that a class action brought by fishermen affected by the Plains All American Santa Barbara oil spill can move forward. The interview, with Cappello & Noël law partner Leila Noël, appeared March 6, 2017. KEYT-TV, March 6, 2017

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Federal Court Judge Certifies Fisheries Class Action Against Plains All American

A United States District Court judge ruled February 28 that fishing businesses affected by the May 2015 Plains All American pipeline spill in Santa Barbara County can move forward with their class action lawsuit against the oil company. The judge denied plaintiffs’ request for certification of three other subclasses, but indicated that he would consider […]

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Santa Barbara News-Press: Refugio spill claimants gear up for court

By SCOTT STEEPLETON, NEWS-PRESS CITY EDITOR August 25, 2016 Attorneys representing property owners, oil rig workers, commercial fishing-boat operators and others who say they were harmed by the Plains All American Pipeline oil spill at Refugio State Beach will appear before a federal judge in November for a hearing on whether the consolidated cases will […]

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Class Action Motion For Certification Filed Against Plains All American Pipeline

A class of plaintiffs injured by the May 19, 2015 Plains oil pipeline rupture and oil spill near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County have filed a motion for class certification. (Keith Andrews, et. al. vs. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., Case No. 2:15-CV-04113-PSG-JEM, U.S. District Court, Central District of Calif., August 22, 2016) […]

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Class Action Filed By Property Owners Where Plains Pipeline Located

Santa Barbara, Calif. (May 9, 2016)—Property owners that have easement agreements allowing Plains All American to run its oil pipelines on their property have filed a class action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction ordering Plains to repair and improve its corroded pipelines in Santa Barbara County so […]

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Federal Court Hearing on Volkswagen A.G. Emissions Case

Cappello & Noël participated in the April 21, 2016 federal court hearing regarding the Volkswagen emission scandal.  The hearing lasted just 15 minutes.  Clearly, most of the details still are missing from the proposed settlement, and the Court made it clear that these details still needed fleshing out.  We are monitoring the matter closely.  Once […]

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Judge Invalidates Plains All American Pipeline’s Settlement Releases and Orders Plains to Stop Its Misleading Communications with Oil Spill Victims

On March 3, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge invalidated the settlement releases that Plains All American Pipeline required claimants to sign during its claims process.  The court found that Plains was attempting “to steer those victims towards unwittingly waiving their rights to full recovery” available to them through the class action filed after the […]

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Pacific Coast Business Times: Judge Denies Plains’ Request to Delay Oil Spill Lawsuit

By Alex Kacik /   Thursday, February 25th, 2016 A U.S. district judge denied Plains All American Pipeline’s request to put a six-month hold on the class-action lawsuit stemming from the Refugio oil spill. Judge Philip Gutierrez issued an order on Feb. 25 that denied Plains’ motion because Plains did not make a clear case […]

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