Peters v. Amoco Oil Co.

Citation57 F.Supp.2d 1268
Decision Date21 June 1999
Docket NumberNo. Civ.A. 96-D-940-N.,Civ.A. 96-D-940-N.
PartiesJames PETERS, et al., Plaintiffs, v. AMOCO OIL COMPANY, et al., Defendants.
CourtUnited States District Courts. 11th Circuit. Middle District of Alabama

John Q. Somerville, Lightfoot, Franklin & White, L.L.C., Birmingham, AL, Larry Wade Morris, Morris, Haynes, Ingram & Hornsby, Alexander City, AL, Fred D. Gray, Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray & Nathanson, Tuskegee, AL, Timothy J. Crowley, Richard E. Norman, Crowley & Douglas, LLP, Houston, TX, Leslie Elizabeth McFall, Langston, Frazer, Sweet & Freese, P.A., Birmingham, AL, Morris A. Ratner, Fabrice V. Nihof, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, San Francisco, CA, Mitchell A. Toups, Weller, Green, McGown & Toups, Beaumont, TX, Dennis Reich, Reich & Binstock, Houston, TX, Russell Jackson Drake, Joe R. Whatley, Jr., Peter Harrington Burke, Whatley Drake, L.L.C., Birmingham, AL, Frederick T. Kuykendall, III, Gardner Middlebrooks Fleming Gibbons & Kittrell, PC, Birmingham, AL, Kenneth Ingram, Jr., Kenneth Ingram, Jr. & Associates, PC, Alexander City, AL, for James Peters plaintiff.

Larry Wade Morris, Fred D. Gray, Timothy J. Crowley, Richard E. Norman, Leslie Elizabeth McFall, Morris A. Ratner, Fabrice V. Nihof, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Mitchell A. Toups, Dennis Reich, Russell Jackson Drake, Joe R. Whatley, Jr., Peter Harrington Burke, Frederick T. Kuykendall, III, Kenneth Ingram, Jr., Kenneth Ingram, Jr. & Associates, PC, Alexander City, AL, for Alma Peters, Tommy Peters, Buddy Lynn, Janet Lynn, Robert Pate, Jr., Archie L. Blakely, Will R. Peterson, Ola Mae Wells, Rufus James Vanable, Gloria W. Mobley, Johnnie E. Williams, Earl C. Cunningham, James M. Cockerham, Winnie Tyler, Jimmie Jennings, Tara S. Hedge, Neil H. Butler, Annette M. Fox, Charles A. Raffael, Maureen D. Raffael, Clark's Liquors, Inc., Lamiad Jareanvai, Brian A. Yakimowsky, Carol A. Yakimowsky, Guy R. Chiapponi, Sutanna Chiapponi, Robert M. Selby, Annie M. Reed, Kevin

Slamin, Montgomery Motel Partnership, plaintiffs.

Fred D. Gray, Timothy J. Crowley, Richard E. Norman, Richard A. Freese, T. Roe Frazier, Leslie Elizabeth McFall, A. Hoyt Rowell, Richard Akel, Robert Lieff, William H. Garvin, III, Russell Jackson Drake, Joe R. Whatley, Jr., Peter Harrington Burke, Frederick T. Kuykendall, III, Kenneth Ingram, Jr. & Associates, PC, Alexander City, AL, for Ronnie E. Chappell, on behalf of himself and as representative of a class of persons similarly situated, plaintiff.

Richard Eldon Davis, Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal, Birmingham, AL, J. Andrew Langan, Richard C. Godfrey, J. Robert Robertson, Catherine L. Fitzpatrick, Scott W. Fowkes, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL, Sandy G. Robinson, Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal, Mobile, AL, Roland Karl Filippi, Chicago, IL, for Amoco Oil Company, defendant.

Donald R. Jones, Jr., Balch & Bingham, Montgomery, AL, S. Allen Baker, Jr., Balch & Bingham, Birmingham, AL, William R. O'Brien, Robert H. Shulman, Mindy G. Davis, Howrey & Simon, Washington, DC, Richard E. Wallace, Jr., Anthony F. King, Wallace King Marraro & Branson, PLLC, Washington, DC, for Texaco Refining and Marketing, Inc., defendant.

William J. Stack, Exxon Company U.S.A., Houston, TX, Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Peter S. Fruin, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Montgomery, AL, Gregory H. Hawley, H. Thomas Wells, Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, AL, Stephen Cann Dillard, Lance L. Shea, Fulbright, Jaworski, Houston, TX, Robert Gilchrist Newman, Fulbright, Jaworski, San Antonio, TX, James Michael Cawley, Jr., Shell Oil Company Products — Legal, Houston, TX, for Exxon Corporation dba Exxon Company USA, defendant.

Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Peter S. Fruin, Gregory H. Hawley, H. Thomas Wells, Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Montgomery, AL, for Tenneco Inc., Shell Oil Co., defendants.

Donald R. Jones, Jr., S. Allen Baker, Jr., William R. O'Brien, Robert H. Shulman, Mindy G. Davis, Richard E. Wallace, Jr., Anthony F. King, Wallace King Marraro & Branson, PLLC, Washington, DC, for Star Enterprises, defendant.

Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Peter. S. Fruin, J. Alan Truitt, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, AL, Kirk G. Forrest, MAPCO Petroleum, Inc., Tulsa, OK, Roianne Houlton Frith, The Law Offices of Roianne Houlton Frith & Associates, Montgomery, AL, for MAPCO Petroleum, Inc., defendant.

Linda A. Friedman, John E. Goodman, Sid J. Trant, James F. Archibald, III, Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, Birmingham, AL, Stephen Cann Dillard, Lance L. Shea, Fulbright, Jaworski, Houston, TX, Robert Gilchrist Newman, Fulbright, Jaworski, San Antonio, TX, for Chevron, USA, Inc., defendant.

John E. Goodman, Sid J. Trant, Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, Birmingham, AL, for Chevron USA Products Company, defendant.

Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Peter S. Fruin, Gregory H. Hawley, H. Thomas Wells, Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, AL, for Shell Oil Products Company, defendant.

A. Danner Frazer, Jr., Frazer, Greene, Upchurch & Baker, Mobile, AL, Stephen Cann Dillard, Lance L. Shea, (See above), for Phillips Petroleum Company, defendant.

Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Peter S. Fruin, Gregory H. Hawley, H. Thomas Wells, Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, AL, Stephen Foster Black, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, AL, Wesley C. Redmond, N. Andrew Rotenstreich, Berkowitz, Lefkovits, Isom & Kushner, Birmingham, AL, Craig J. De Recat, Peter R. Duchesneau, Manatt, Phelps &amp Phillips, Los Angeles, California, for Diamond Shamrock Refining and Marketing Company, defendant.

Donald R. Jones, Jr., S. Allen Baker, Jr., William R. O'Brien, Robert H. Shulman, Mindy G. Davis, Richard E. Wallace, Jr., Wallace King Marraro & Branson PLLC, Washington, DC, for Unocal Service Corporation, defendant.

John M. Johnson, John Q. Somerville, Lightfoot, Franklin & White, Birmingham, AL, Charles L. Berry, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., Houston, TX, for Fina Oil and Chemical Company, defendant.

Richard Eldon Davis, Sandy G. Robinson, Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal, Birmingham, AL, Stephen Cann Dillard, Lance L. Shea, Fulbright Jaworski, Houston, TX, Kevin E. Maldonado, Peter John Sacripanti, Dean A. Weber, McDermott, Will & Emery, New York City, Robert William Johnson, Woodlands, TX, for Mobil Oil Corporation, defendant.

John M. Johnson, John Q. Somerville, Lightfoot, Franklin & White, Birmingham, AL, Nathan P. Eimer, Scott Charles Solberg, Philip Pendleton Steptoe, Sidley & Austin, Chicago, IL, for Citgo Petroleum Corporation, defendant.

Ronald Wayne Wise, Wise & Bowen, Montgomery, AL, Michelle A. Wenzel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, DC, Joseph D. Zulli, Sun Company, Inc. (R & M), Philadelphia, PA, Robert Brager, Mark A. Turco, Beveridge & Diamond, Baltimore, MD, Michael Kuritzkes, Sun Company, Incm, Law Department, Philadelphia, PA, for Sun Company, Inc., defendant.

Joseph Lister Hubbard, Thomas S. Lawson, Jr., Capell & Howard, PC, Montgomery, AL, Van H. Beckwith, Larry D. Carlson, Steve Schortgen, Baker & Botts, LLP, Dallas, TX, Robert N. Price, Tulsa, OK, for Occidental Petroleum Services, Inc., defendant.

Donald R. Jones, Jr., S. Allen Baker, Jr., William R. O'Brien, Robert H. Shulman, Mindy G. Davis, Marcia P. Kaplan, Howrey & Simon, Washington, DC, Richard E. Wallace, Jr., Wallace King Marraro & Branson PLLC, Washington, DC, for Atlantic Richfield Company, defendant.

Clement C. Torbert, Jr., Montgomery, AL, Peter S. Fruin, Birmingham, AL, J. Alan Truitt, Kirk G. Forrest, Roianne Houlton Frith, for Williams Company, defendant.

Thomas L. Johnston, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Montgomery, AL, for Alabama Department of Environmental Management, amicus.

F. Perry Odom, State of Florida, Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, FL, for Florida Department of Environmental Protection, amicus.

ORDER

MYRON H. THOMPSON, District Judge.

After an independent review of the file, it is ORDERED as follows:

(1) The recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge entered on March 17, 1999 (Doc. no. 267), is adopted.

(2) The joint motion to dismiss filed by the defendants on March 3, 1998 (Doc. no. 231), is denied.

The clerk of the court is DIRECTED to furnish a copy of this order to counsel for the parties by facsimile transmittal.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE

CARROLL, United States Magistrate Judge.

This cause is currently pending before the court on Defendants' Joint Motion To Dismiss The Revised Second Amended Complaint ("Motion To Dismiss"), filed March 3, 1998.1 Defendants filed their First and Second Memoranda In Support Of Defendants' Joint Motion To Dismiss ("Defs.' First Mem." and "Defs.' Second Mem.," respectively) on March 16, 1998. Plaintiffs filed Parts I and II of their Memorandum In Opposition To Defendants' Joint Motion To Dismiss on April 10, 1998, which the court construes as Plaintiffs' Response ("Pls.' Resp. Part I" and "Pls.' Resp. Part II," respectively). Defendants filed both their First and Second Reply Briefs In Support Of Defendants' Joint Motion To Dismiss ("Defs.' First Reply" and "Defs.' Second Reply," respectively) on April 29, 1998. A hearing was held on the Defendants' Motion to Dismiss on May 5, 1998. After careful consideration of the briefs and arguments of counsel, the relevant law, and the record as a whole, it is the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge that Defendants' Motion To Dismiss be denied.

MOTION TO DISMISS STANDARD

Defendants argue that, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b), Plaintiffs' claims should be dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. A Rule 12(b)(6) motion questions the legal sufficiency of a complaint; therefore, in assessing the merits of a Rule 12(b)(6) motion, the court must assume that all the factual allegations set forth in the complaint are...

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