Cases & Deals

Pemex defends against claims arising from drilling rig disaster in Bay of Campeche

Clients Petróleos Mexicanos

Jones Day represents Petróleos Mexicanos in a personal injury and wrongful death suit arising out of an accident involving a mobile jack-up rig and a fixed platform in the Gulf of Mexico. In October 2007, during a storm in the Bay of Campeche, a mobile drilling rig collided with an unmanned platform. All 73 workers on the rig evacuated in 2 lifeboats. During the evacuation, 20 workers and 2 rescuers died and many of the 53 survivors spent the night in the water awaiting rescue. The lawsuit involves 9 workers, family members of 2 deceased workers and 10 other defendants: Gulf Coast Marine & Associates, Inc., Baker Hughes, Inc., Glen Cater, Schlumberger Technology Corp., Schlumberger Ltd., Vetco Gray, Inc., Camco, Inc., Halliburton Energy Services, Halliburton De Mexico, and Matthews-Daniel Co.

Petróleos Mexicanos filed a motion to dismiss based on the Federal Sovereign Immunities Act, lack of personal jurisdiction, improper service of process under the Hague Convention and forum non conveniens.

Irasema De La Cruz De La Cruz, et al vs. Gulf Coast Marine Associates, Inc., et al, No. 09:09-cv-167 (E.D. Tex., Lufkin Division)