"'Legacy litigation' refers to hundreds of cases filed by landowners seeking damages from oil and gas exploration companies for alleged environmental damage ... These types of actions are known as 'legacy litigation' because they often arise from operations conducted many decades ago, leaving an unwanted 'legacy' in the form of actual or alleged contamination." Loulan Pitre, Jr., "Legacy Litigation" and Act 312 of 2006, 20 Tul. Envt. L.J. 347, 34 (Summer 2007).
— Marin v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 48 So. 3d 234, 239 (2009)
Dating back more than 100 years, large oil and gas companies have developed land throughout Louisiana, extracting resources from the earth while showing little concern for the widespread contamination and damages.
At Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, our team of environmental law attorneys is proud of our record of success in representing the interests of landowners across the state as they seek to hold these companies accountable for the legacies they have left behind.
The Legacy Left Behind
Louisiana landowners have entered into contracts and agreements that have been disregarded by big oil companies, leaving these individuals responsible for unreasonable costs and contaminated land. In some cases, the land in question holds a negative value following the development due to the negligence of these corporations.
For decades, the state of Louisiana has done little to protect landowners, offering feeble regulatory measures that allow big oil companies to operate unbridled at the direct cost to the landowner and at the expense of the land itself due to contamination.
Big oil and gas companies have lulled state regulatory and environmental agencies into their own camps with propaganda of job creation and economic development. In reality, they have simply devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of land as state agencies turn a blind eye.
Louisiana Oil and Gas Law Attorneys Handling Claims Against Big Oil Companies
As residents of Louisiana, we are dedicated to seeking justice for our neighbors and fellow landowners in a system with little regulation or checks.
We will help you evaluate the damage that has been done to your property and build a strong case to hold the appropriate parties accountable. From lease violations to toxic contamination to the devastation left behind following fracking, we can efficiently conduct the tests and document and accumulate the evidence needed to pursue the matter in court or settlement.
Contact Our New Orleans Landowners and Mineral Rights Lawyers
To arrange a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your environmental contamination, business litigation or commercial litigation matter, please contact our Louisiana law firm today at 337-310-1600 or toll free at 877-300-8680.