Civ. A. No. 77-2090.

462 F.Supp. 1126 (1978)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v. DIXIE CARRIERS, INC. and Water Quality Insurance Syndicate, in personam and M/V Dixie Buccaneer and T/B ABC 2311, in rem, Defendants.

United States District Court, E. D. Louisiana.

October 27, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael K. Bell, Admiralty & Shipping Section, Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., for plaintiff.

Montgomery, Barnett, Brown & Read, Henry J. Read, Machale A. Miller, New Orleans, La., Bigham, Englar, Jones & Houston, New York City, for Water Quality Ins. Syndicate.

Liskow & Lewis, Donald R. Abaunza, Frederick W. Bradley, New Orleans, La., for Dixie Carriers, Inc.

CASSIBRY, District Judge:

In this action, the United States is trying to recover the costs of cleaning up an oil spill. On June 22, 1974, after a mishap involving a tugboat and its tow of loaded tank barges, approximately 1,265,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River. Defendant Dixie Carriers, Inc., owner of the tugboat, notified all interested parties and caused cleanup operations to commence. When Dixie had incurred expenses equal to what it contends...

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