TEXAS EASTERN TRANS. CORP. v. McMoRAN OFFSHORE EXPLOR. CO.

Nos. 87-3509, 87-3879.

877 F.2d 1214 (1989)

TEXAS EASTERN TRANSMISSION CORPORATION, Plaintiff, v. McMoRAN OFFSHORE EXPLORATION CO., et al., Defendants. In the Matter of the Complaint of TRACTUG ASSOCIATES and Faustug Marine Corporation for Exoneration From or Limitation of Liability as Owners of the ZP Chalone, ZP Caymus and ZP Condon, and ODECO, Inc., Plaintiffs-Appellees. MARATHON OIL CO., et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. McMoRAN OFFSHORE EXPLORATION CO., Defendant, Faustug Marine Corp., et al., Defendants-Appellees. TEXAS EASTERN TRANSMISSION CORPORATION, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. McMoRAN OFFSHORE EXPLORATION CO., Defendants. and FAUSTUG MARINE CORP., Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co., Continental Insurance Company and Tractug Associates, Defendants, v. JOHN E. CHANCE & ASSOCIATES, INC., Defendant-Appellant. In the Matter of the Complaint of TRACTUG ASSOCIATES and Faustug Marine Corporation for Exoneration From or Limitation of Liability as Owners of the ZP Chalone, ZP Caymus and ZP Condon, and ODECO, Inc., Plaintiffs-Appellees, MARATHON OIL CO., et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. McMoRAN OFFSHORE EXPLORATION CO., et al., Defendants-Appellee. CONTINENTAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Defendant-Appellant, v. McMoRAN OFFSHORE EXPLORATION CO., et al., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Order Modifying Opinion and Denying Rehearing and Rehearing April 24, 1989.

Order Denying Rehearing and Rehearing May 26, 1989.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James G. Burke, Jr., Daniel E. Knowles, III, Burke & Mayer, New Orleans, La., Sandra L. Magerfleisch, Houston, Tex., for Marathon Oil Co., et al.

Mat M. Gray, New Orleans, La., for La. Land.

Scott R. Wheaton, Jr., Charles E. Lugenbuhl, Lugenbuhl, Burke, Wheaton, Peck & Rankin, New Orleans, La., for John E. Chancel.

James M. Tompkins, New Orleans, La., for INA.

Maurice C. Hebert, Jr., John F. Young, Jr., John M. Ribarits, Hebert, Mouledoux & Bland, New Orleans, La., for Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co.

Gary A. Hemphill, Andrew T. Martinez, Terriberry, Carroll & Yancey, New Orleans, La., for Faustug Marine Corp. & Tractug Ass'n.

Machale A. Miller, O'Neil, Eichin & Miller, New Orleans, La., for Continental Ins.

Scott E. Silbert, Metairie, La., for Fidelity & Cas. Co. of N.Y. et al.

Robert M. Contois, Jr., Robert T. Lemon, II, New Orleans, La., for McMoRan Offshore Exploration Co.

Ronald A. Johnson, New Orleans, La., for Underwriters at Lloyd's (P & I and John Chances.)

Robert P. McCleskey, Jr., New Orleans, La., for United States Fire Ins. Co.

Allen F. Campbell, New Orleans, La., for Arthur Levy.

Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie & Sims, New Orleans, La., for Texas Eastern Transmission Corp.

Before RUBIN, GARZA, and KING, Circuit Judges.


Order Modifying Opinion and Denying Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc April 24, 1989.

Order Denying Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc May 26, 1989.

ALVIN B. RUBIN, Circuit Judge:

An underwater pipeline was damaged during the relocation of a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a multitude of disputes, including: the apportionment of fault among the parties that participated in the relocation; what party or parties were

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