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UCLA Law’s: Cappello Courtroom Series Addresses Oil Spill Class Action

The Cappello Courtroom Series: The Art of the Trial continued into its fifth year with two lectures led by alumnus and veteran trial attorney A. Barry Cappello ’65. In March 2016, the topic was “When Is a Multi-million Dollar Trial Verdict Worthless?” Cappello, who has tried hundreds of cases with cumulative verdicts and settlements in […]

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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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Barry Cappello and Leila Noël Will Discuss Lender Liability at 2016 SAMA Conference

Firm partners A. Barry Cappello and Leila Noël will be speaking at the 2016 Special Assets Management Association (SAMA) Conference, Thursday, June 2 in La Jolla. Their topic is “The Latest in Lender Liability.” Joining them will be Joel Berman, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP. SAMA is a professional trade association serving […]

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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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Leila Noël Named One of the “Top 50 Women in Business” by Pacific Coast Business Times

Firm partner Leila Noël was named one of 2016’s “Top 50 Women in Business” by the Pacific Coast Business Times. The honor recognizes the outstanding female business leaders in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Previously, she was named one of 2011’s “Top 75 Women Litigators” in California and one of the “Top […]

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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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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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