Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference


Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

Date & Time

Start Date: 11/04/2010


Historical Comparisons and Criminal Liability

• The Exxon Valdez spill - similarities & lessons learned
-The Court’s rulings in In re the Exxon Valdez:
What precedents were established concerning class
certification, punitive damages, economic losses and the application of maritime law
-“Stigma” damages to property in In re the Exxon
Valdez - what to expect for this spill
-The trial in In re the Exxon Valdez and its relation to the Gulf spill

• Criminal liability
-The kinds of criminal and civil charges that can be brought against which parties
-The relationship between state & federal prosecutions
-Potential remedies and sanctions
-What this means for your client

• Negotiating global settlements involving multiple governmental client agencies, states and various interest groups


Christopher Kende, Esq. Cozen O'Connor, NY