US files complaint against Anadarko in Tronox litigation

17 June 2009 22:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The US government filed on Wednesday a complaint against Anadarko Petroleum and its Kerr-McGee subsidiary, allowing it to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Tronox.

The government had earlier received permission to intervene in the Tronox lawsuit.

Tronox was a subsidiary of Kerr-McGee before it was spun off as an independent company.

Tronox sued Kerr-McGee, accusing it of unfairly burdening it with massive environmental liabilities at the time of the spin off, dooming the company to failure.

The US operations of Tronox filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

Tronox also sued Anadarko, since it now owns Kerr-McGee.

Anadarko has repeatedly said that it was not responsible for the financial state of Tronox.

The US government intervened in the Tronox lawsuit to ensure that any judgment pays to clean up the sites connected to the environmental liabilities.

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By: Al Greenwood
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