Oil Industry Class Certified in Santa Barbara Oil Spill

A U.S. District Court judge certified a class of oil workers and businesses contracted to provide services, supplies or personnel to seven offshore oil platforms and three onshore processing facilities impacted by Plains All American Pipeline’s May 19, 2015 oil pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. (Keith Andrews, et. al. vs. […]

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Offshore oil drilling rig burns as fire boats attempt to control the blaze.

Shift in offshore drilling policy is a step back

When will America learn that offshore oil drilling in the waters off our coast is a disaster certain to happen again? It seemed our nation was coming to its senses about the pristine nature of our coastal waters; just as the world was beginning to reduce its dependence on oil; we take two giant steps back.

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“The Ocean Is Boiling” : The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill

For an excellent account of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, read the Pacific Standard’s “The Ocean is Boiling: The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill.”  Pacific Standard reporters interviewed those who saw the destruction caused by the spill and who vowed not to rest until those responsible were held accountable. […]

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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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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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Santa Barbara News-Press: Judge orders plain truth, not Plains truth

Firm at center of Refugio spill must change its message to victims By SCOTT STEEPLETON, NEWS-PRESS CITY EDITOR March 8, 2016 Roughnecks, property owners, commercial fishermen and others who claim damages stemming from the Refugio oil spill made some headway in their federal class-action suit, convincing a judge in Los Angeles that portions of their […]

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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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