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California Appeals Court Allows Shell $90M Oil Contamination Settlement

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Shell’s $90M Oil Harm Deal Nears Win Over Dole Challenge

By Daniel Siegal

Law360, Los Angeles (September 8, 2015, 9:57 PM ET) — A California appeals court indicated Tuesday it will allow Shell Oil Co.’s $90 million settlement with nearly 1,500 Los Angeles-area residents over oil waste buried under homes built by a Dole Food Co. subsidiary, tentatively rejecting Dole’s argument that the deal unfairly exposes it to excessive liability. 

The appeal stems from Shell’s attempt to exit a sprawling legal battle over oil contamination affecting 1,491 residents of the Carousel housing development built by developer and Dole subsidiary Barclay-Hollander-Curci on land it acquired from Shell in the city…

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