Pipeline Accidents: Civil Litigation
Created on November 15, 2018
Pipeline accidents generate a variety of civil litigation risks. Some stem from the release of potentially hazardous substances, others from the disruptions and interruptions that follow such a release.
In this course, Steptoe & Johnson partners Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov and Tony Hopp will address the types of claims that typically follow large-scale releases of hazardous substances. These include toxic tort claims for personal injury, medical monitoring, emotional distress, and property damage, which can be asserted individually or in a proposed class action. Shippers may have claims for lost or damaged property. In addition, pipeline operators may face commercial claims for breach of contracts, business torts, and business interruption claims.
- Recognize types of claims to expect in the event of a release of hazardous substances near a populated area
- Assess the pros and cons of potential litigation risk mitigation strategies such as environmental sampling and alternative mechanisms for providing compensation and obtaining releases of claims
- Address recent trends in toxic tort litigation, defenses in mass tort cases, and strategies for defeating and/or settling class actions
- Identify the circumstances in which federally approved tariffs can give rise to filed rate and preemption defenses against civil claims
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