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Plaintiff insurer obtains favorable settlement in admiralty suit.

Williams Field Services - Gulf Coast Company, LP; Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London
March 2013

Favorable plaintiff settlement.

In March 2013, after three weeks of trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, a favorable settlement for the plaintiffs was reached in a maritime tort action arising from an allision between an anchor from a MODU and an undersea gas pipeline in 2,200 feet of water. Donato, Brown & Pool served as plaintiffs' counsel for Williams Field Services - Gulf Coast Company, LP and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London.

The facts.

The plaintiff pipeline company owned and operated an offshore natural gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. It was alleged that the defendants, through their offshore drilling activities, caused lateral and vertical displacement to multiple segments of the pipeline, compromising its structural integrity. Plaintiff's counsel asserted causes of action for negligence, maritime liability, breach of contract, trespass, and gross negligence. After three weeks of trial, Donato, Brown & Pool obtained a favorable settlement for the plaintiff pipeline company's insurer.