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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Quebec Train Derailment – Bankruptcy Trustee Lawsuit

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s bankruptcy trustee filed a negligence lawsuit against World Fuel Services, the owner of the crude oil the railway’s train was carrying when it derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec in July 2013, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil that exploded and killed 47 people. Trustee Robert J. Keach accused World Fuel Services of falsely identifying the crude oil as a low danger when in fact it was highly volatile and dangerous. The lawsuit alleged World Fuel Services knew or should have known that the type of tank cars carrying the oil were prone to rupture upon derailment. In June 2015, World Fuel Services and other companies, including Royal Dutch Shell and a unit of General Electric, contributed $345 million to a compensation fund for victims of the disaster. World Fuel Services paid $110 million into the fund.

Misconduct Type
Health
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
1/30/2014
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
World Fuel Services $110,000,000
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Undisclosed
General Electric Undisclosed
Further Information Released
World Fuel Services Press Release 6/8/2015
Complaint 1/30/2014

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database