Frilot L.L.C. has extensive experience advising oil and gas companies, maritime and service industry companies, refineries, chemical companies, manufacturers and transportation companies. We work directly with in-house counsel and corporate management to define clear litigation goals and strategies. Our Energy and Environmental team members have significant experience in toxic torts, hazardous waste litigation, environmental contamination, chemical releases and long-latency occupational diseases.
The members of our team have had extensive dealings with local, state and federal regulations including air quality, water quality, solid and hazardous waste management, remedial and corrective action planning, mineral law, oilfield waste and hazardous materials transportation. We continue to work closely with the top experts in these fields as well as regulatory agencies to help us address the changing needs of our clients. The experience and success in these areas have allowed Frilot to successfully represent companies such as CITGO Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Murphy Oil U.S.A., Inc., Tidewater, Inc., Vulcan Materials Company and Waste Management. Representing these and other clients has put Frilot at the forefront of environmental litigation in Louisiana.
Following are types of cases defended by the Group:
Chemicals and hydrocarbons
Superfund and mini-superfund
Property damages and nuisance
Exploration and development
Accounting and royalty disputes
Personal Injury Defense
Mass Tort and Class Actions
Coulter v. Texaco, Inc.
Frilot L.L.C. successfully defended Texaco against a claim brought by a worker for injuries sustained while working for an independent drilling contractor on a Texaco drilling platform. The case was removed to federal court and summary judgment was granted in favor of defendant. On appeal, the 5th Circuit affirmed, holding that Texaco was not liable since it neither retained operational control over the drilling contractor’s acts, nor did it impliedly authorize those acts.
Licciardi v. Murphy Oil USA
A landowner brought a CERCLA cost recovery action against a neighboring oil refinery for alleged lead contamination, seeking to recover expenses for sampling and testing. Lead counsel for Murphy were firm attorneys George Frilot and Jim Shuey. The United States Fifth Circuit held that neither the geological survey, the drinking water standard, nor the toxic concentration leaching procedure (TCLP) standard provided any possible basis for finding that the release caused response costs. The Fifth Circuit held that in absence of evidence that the release justified response costs, a finding of a hazardous substance 'above ground levels' was insufficient to find CERCLA liability.
McKinnis v. Amoco Production Company
The firm defended Amoco Production Company when land owners filed claims of damages and pollution to their property as the result of the spill of materials from an oilfield production facility on adjacent property. Plaintiff sought damages for the loss of trees and vegetation, as well as the cost of a remediation plan prepared by their expert. The court did not find any violation or environmental loss sufficient to justify the remediation plan or the complaints filed by the plaintiffs with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. However, the Court concluded that the salt water discharge probably was the cause of the trees dying. The court awarded plaintiffs $814.80.
Terrebone Parish School Board vs. Mobil Oil Corp.
Frilot L.L.C. successfully defended a Louisiana federal court’s ruling dismissing a school board’s claims for oilfield canal restoration and related damages. The Fifth Circuit’s ruling reaffirms that prescription applies to oilfield canal restoration claims and that Louisiana school boards are not entitled to take advantage of the State of Louisiana’s immunity from prescription/statute of limitations.
Commitment to Diversity
Frilot L.L.C. is committed to fostering a working environment that promotes diversity. The firm believes that diversity of experience, diversity in clients and diversity in the courtroom makes us a more powerful legal resource. We recruit, retain and advance qualified individuals of all backgrounds and cultural influences. This diversity makes for a richer environment which promotes creative thinking and innovative client solutions.
While we are encouraged by what we have accomplished in our pursuit of diversity, the firm strives to strengthen and advance our commitment to attract and retain women and minorities. Recognizing that recruitment is only one facet of our overall commitment to diversity, we are also focused in our efforts to develop and sustain a work environment that empowers all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or background, to perform to the best of their abilities.
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