No. 00-CC-0947.

774 So.2d 119 (2000)

Phyllis Kay Roby DOERR, et al. v. MOBIL OIL CORPORATION, et al.

Supreme Court of Louisiana.

December 19, 2000.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Alfonse Savino Monteferrante, Esq., John Wayne Mumphrey, Esq., Claude Salvador Mumphrey, II, Esq., Wayne Brown Mumphrey, Esq., Chalmette, Counsel for Applicant.

Alvin Bordelon, Jr., Esq., Manuel A. Fernandez, Esq., Gilbert Victor Andry, IV, Esq., Irving Jay Warshauer, Esq., Sidney D. Torres, III, Esq., John Gordon Gomila, Jr., Esq., Godfrey Bruce Parkerson, Esq., Kenan Slade Rand, Jr., Esq., New Orleans, Counsel for Respondent.

Celeste D. Elliott, Esq., Ralph Shelton Hubbard, III, Esq., New Orleans, John C. Yang, Esq., Laralee C. Morell, Esq., Laura A. Foggan, Esq., Washington, DC, Counsel for Alliance of American Insurers, and National Association of Independent Ins., (Amicus Curiae).

Richard Nelson Dicharry, Esq., George Bartlett Hall, Jr., Esq., Harry Alston Johnson, III, Esq., Leah Elizabeth Nunn, Esq., New Orleans, Counsel for Lloyd's London Certain Underwriters, and London Market Insurance Companies, (Amicus Curiae).

CALOGERO, Chief Justice.

This class action lawsuit arises out of a discharge of hydrocarbons from a Mobil Oil refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana into the Mississippi River in January of 1998. Following the discharge, the hydrocarbons were allegedly drawn into the St. Bernard Parish water system and then distributed to users throughout the parish. The plaintiffs seek compensation from St. Bernard Parish and its insurer, Genesis Insurance Company, among others, for personal...


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