France, Spain Claim Immunity From Insurers' UK Oil Spill Suit

Law360, London (May 18, 2020, 8:22 PM BST) -- Lawyers representing Spain and France told a London judge Monday that the English court does not have jurisdiction to hear a group of insurers' suits accusing the countries of violating a U.K. arbitration decision limiting the liability for a massive oil spill.

A volunteer cleans oil off of a Spanish beach in 2002 following the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon) Timothy Young QC, counsel for Spain, said that both his client and France are shielded by state immunity from claims that have been filed against them in England by the insurance association covering the oil tanker Prestige, which sank...

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