Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jury rules oil barge company must pay MA. residents

April 6, 2010- A Plymouth Superior Court jury agreed yesterday that an oil barge company that caused a large 2003 oil spill in Buzzards Bay must pay eight Mattapoisett property owners for damages to their properties.

The case is the first environmental class-action suit to go to trial in Massachusetts, according to the law firm of Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin, which is representing the homeowners. The New York barge company, Bouchard Transportation Co., did not immediately return calls for comment. It is unclear if it will appeal the decision.


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