• OPA’s Expansive Definition of “Responsible Party”
  • February 23, 2016 | Author: Richard E. Stultz
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) places the burden of cleanup on those responsible for oil spills. In a recent decision, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the OPA’s definition of “responsible party” does not, as a matter of law, exclude former owners of a facility or vessel. See U.S. v Bros. Enter., Inc. 2015 WL 4039848 (E.D. Tex. July 1, 2015). This is significant because the OPA does not specifically mention former owners as parties potentially liable for cleanups.