• Major Oil Companies implicated in Lac-Megantic Train Disaster Class Action
  • July 22, 2013
  • Law Firm: Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein LLP - San Francisco Office
  • The class action proceeding (motion for authorization) issued on Monday morning relating to the Lac-Mégantic train derailment and subsequent devastation suffered by the community was amended yesterday to include further defendants, including World Fuel Services Corp., Dakota Plains Holdings, Irving Oil Limited, and their subsidiaries. World Fuel Services is a publicly traded U.S. corporation  and Irving Oil is one of Canada's largest oil companies.

    The claims made against the newly added defendants include the allegation that they failed to ensure that the highly flammable contents of the DOT-111 tankers that derailed in Lac-Mégantic’s downtown area in the early morning hours of July 6, 2013 were properly contained and safely transported. The Motion to authorize was amended to reflect the fact that the liability for the accident is spread across a broader network of involved corporations. As the facts develop additional entities may be implicated.

    The class action is being pursued to ensure that the victims of the July 6, 2013 derailment and all those affected obtain compensation for their substantial losses. The proposed representative plaintiffs are Guy Ouellet, whose partner, Diane Bizier, died in the explosion and Yannick Gagné, the owner of the popular restaurant, Musi-Café, which was destroyed as a result of the derailment and ensuing explosions.

    A team of class action lawyers has been assembled to assist the Lac-Mégantic community to litigate the action, and consists of Lac-Mégantic lawyer Daniel E. Larochelle, Consumer Law Group Inc. in Montreal, Rochon Genova LLP of Toronto, and Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP of New York and San Francisco.