Litigation arising from alleged contamination of a private water supply
Our attorneys, including Larry Cox and Matt Heartney, successfully defended Atlantic Richfield Company and related entities in California litigation arising from alleged contamination of a private water supply company's well system with the gasoline oxygenate MTBE. In Fruitridge we became the first (and only) firm in MTBE litigation throughout the country to argue successfully that no actionable damage existed in water wells containing MTBE concentrations that did not exceed State regulatory or reporting limits. This dispositive legal ruling eliminated 15 of the 17 wells at issue in that case, and facilitated a favorable resolution of the matter on behalf of our clients and other industry defendants during the week in April 2006 when the trial was to have commenced. D.J. Nelson Trust dba Fruitridge Vista Water Company v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al. (Sacramento County Case No. 02AS00535). We continue to serve as counsel for Atlantic Richfield and BP in other MTBE cases.