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Suit Filed Over Houston Ship Channel Chemical Spill

Several homeowners in the Galveston Bay community of Morgans Point have filed suit, over a March 2015 chemical spill, caused by the collision of the vessels Carla Maersk and Conti Peridot in the Houston Ship Channel.  The suit claims that two of the Carla Maersk’s tanks ruptured as a result of the collision, releasing an unknown quantity of Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) into the waters of Morgan’s Point.

The suit claims the spill resulted in substantial damage to the Morgan’s Point environment.

It claims that the defendants, including The Maersk Group, Conti Group, AP Moller-Maersk, Houston Pilots Association and Beatty Street Properties were negligent and grossly negligent.   The homeowners claim the right to recover compensatory damages, medical bills, physical pain, mental anguish, impairment, property damage and punitive damages.

Additional suits will likely be filed over the spill, which led to the closing of the channel for three days.


Phil Griffis obtained his first jury verdict in 1990, when he convinced a jury that a customer’s fall at his client’s store did not cause the customer’s aspiration pneumonia and stroke. In the years since he has continued to win in courtrooms across the State of Texas.

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