Vincent Caruso, Jr., et al. v. Chalmette Refining, L.L.C., et al.

Chalmette Refinery Catalyst Class Settlement

St. Bernard 34th Judicial District Court
No. 118-118 C/W 119-194 Division "A"
State of Louisiana

Phone Number 504-840-3850

Disbursement and Denials

Disbursement


Claimant checks, Statement of Allocation and Notice of Rights were mailed via USPS on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019.   It takes a few days for checks to arrive.  If you have no objection, it is not necessary that you take any action and please remember to cash your check within 60 days.

Denials


Statement of Denials and Notice of Rights were mailed on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019.   If you have no objection, it is not necessary that you take any action.

Allocation Objection and Denial Objection Deadline

Objection must be postmarked by May 15th, 2019.   Letter of Objection must be in writing and must include all items/information specified in the Notice of Your Rights.

Litigation

If You Suffered Property Damage And/Or Were Required to Clean your Property As a Result of the Catalyst Release on September 6, 2010


A $1.3 million settlement has been reached with Chalmette Refining, LLC. and Eaton Corporation (“Defendants”). The lawsuit is about whether or not the Plaintiffs class in a certain geographic area suffered damage as a result of the catalyst discharge on September 6, 2010. The Settlement provides payments to people who submit valid claim forms and who may be eligible.


The 34th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Bernard, Louisiana will have a hearing to decide whether to give final approval to the Settlement so that payments can be made. You can get a detailed notice from the "Claim Form" section of this website or by calling 504-840-3850.


What is the lawsuit about?

The lawsuit claims that Defendants were responsible for the discharge of catalyst on September 6, 2010 unto the Plaintiffs class in a certain geographic area and this caused damage of a non-permanent nature which included the cost of cleaning affected property.  The Settlement does not mean that Defendants did anything wrong. The parties agreed to the Settlement to avoid the cost and risk of trial.


Am I Included?

In order to be part of the Settlement you must meet the following requirements: (1) Owner or renter of a property within the litigation zone on September 6, 2010; or (2) Owned a car located in the litigation zone on September 6, 2010; and (3) that your property or car suffered damage as a result of the catalyst discharge of a non-permanent nature which included the cost of cleaning affected property.


What does the Settlement Provide?

The Settlement created a $1.3 million Settlement Fund to pay eligible Class Members. The amount remaining in the Settlement Fund after deducting attorneys fees, attorneys costs, payments to Class Representatives, administrative costs associated with the settlement, and any additional costs, will be paid to eligible Class Members who submit valid claims.  The Settlement Agreement, available at the website or by calling the phone number, describes all of the details about the Settlement.

How much money could I get?

The exact amount of your payment cannot be determined at this time. Your payment will depend on the number of valid claims that are filed.

How to get benefits?

To get a payment you need to fill out and send in the a Claim Form by February 15, 2019. You can get a Claim Form at www.carusoclassaction.com or by calling 504-840-3850.

Claim Form

Submit A Claim Form Postmarked By February 15, 2019: This claim form must be mailed to

Caruso Class Action Administrator, P.O. Box 60600, New Orleans, LA. 70160 and postmarked by February 15th, 2019 to be considered for a payment. 

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Class Area

Louisiana residents who lived or owned property located in the parishes of St. Bernard and Orleans within a geographic area stipulated to by the parties and whose property, moveable and/or immoveable, was impacted and/or contaminated as a result of the subject spent catalyst release from Chalmette Refining, L.LC. facility on or about September 6, 2010, and who suffered property damage and/or were required to clean their properties due to the release. The geographic area stipulated by the Parties is defined as the area bounded on the south by the northern bank of the Mississippi River, on the east by the center line of Louisiana Highway 47 (known as Paris Road), on the north by the southern boundary of the marsh located south of Bayou Bienvenue, and on the west by the eastem bank of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (known as the "Industrial Canal").

Important Dates

Contact Us

Caruso Class Action Administrator

PO Box 60600, New Orleans, LA 70160

Phone: (504) 840-3850 Email: email@carusoclassaction.com

This website is to provide information to  class members regarding the class action settlement information.  Using this site or communicating with Caruso Class Action Settlement through this site does not constitute a claim.  A claim form must be  postmarked by February 15th, 2019 to be considered for a payment.