Representative Matters

  • We preserved a $440 million, 20-year contract for a city and avoided a claim for substantial damages in a breach of contract action.
  • We defended Sun Pipe Line Company against a suit for cost recovery under a 70-year-old indemnity agreement. The costs involved were from an oil spill from a punctured Sun pipeline that occurred approximately 50 years before the suit was brought. We proved that a contractor had caused the puncture and the court ruled that the plaintiff had to pay our client’s $2 million in legal fees.
  • We won a highly favorable settlement for Sun Company in a suit brought by Tosco. Tosco sued Sun and other parties in an effort to hold Sun liable for the environmental cleanup of an abandoned oil refinery in Oklahoma pursuant to contractual assumptions of liability and indemnification. The case settled after one day of trial.
  • We successfully defended Chevron in an action brought by a company that purchased a refinery from it. The plaintiff asserted claims pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as well as breach of contract and fraud. We not only defeated the claims, but also obtained a ruling that a company related to the plaintiff had to indemnify Chevron for all of its legal fees.