Background Facts – A train carrying fuel across North America derailed and emptied its cargo into the surrounding area, causing a massive fire and significant environmental damage.
Emergency Response Issues – The client was engulfed in a media frenzy and needed a law firm to manage its financial liabilities and insurance recovery issues to allow it to deal with the situation. The matter was further complicated by the railroad operator’s resultant insolvency.
Our Role – We were hired immediately to coordinate with defense counsel and energy contractors, as well as in-house counsel and government agencies, to protect the client’s financial interests. This involved working with a number of lawyers and other parties in multiple jurisdictions.
Outcome – Our rapid and proactive response to handling the incident has made the resulting events more manageable for the client. We continue to work with the client to protect its interests in this complex insurance and indemnity issue.