MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT REACHED IN VIRGIN ISLANDS ENVIRONMENTAL CASE

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Mt. Pleasant, SC (6/20/2014) – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC (RPWB) attorneys Jerry Evans and Gordon Rhea and their associated counsel John K. Dema announced the government of The Virgin Islands has reached settlements including cash and remediation costs in litigation involving contamination on the southern coast of St. Croix.

RPWB attorneys Jerry Evans and Gordon Rhea along with John Dema, represented the Virgin Islands government in the case.  The settlements are estimated to range from $125 million to $145 million, including clean-up work at the sites and cash payments of approximately $65 million.

Defendants included Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corporation (HOVIC) and Hovensa, LLC, operators of a large oil refinery, and Lockheed Martin, St. Croix Alumina, LLC (SCA), Alcoa World Alumina, LLC, and St. Croix Renaissance Group, LLLP, owners and operators of an alumina refining plant. 

RPWB has significant expertise representing plaintiffs in sophisticated civil litigation in areas such as antitrust and deceptive trade practices, securities, consumer lending, asbestos, catastrophic personal injury, pharmaceutical and medical devices, products liability, and environmental.  RPWB has offices in Barnwell, Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant, SC and Edwardsville, IL.