HFK and Wolf Haldenstein Announce the Proposed Settlement in Inter-Marketing Group USA, Inc. v. PAA GP LLC and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., C.A. No. 2017-0030-PAF


Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP and Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP are pleased to announce the proposed settlement of the derivative litigation in Inter-Marketing Group USA, Inc. v. PAA GP LLC, No. 2017-0030-PAF in the Delaware Court of Chancery. On May 19, 2015, Plains experienced a crude oil release from its Las Flores to Gaviota Pipeline (Line 901), a 10-mile underground pipeline in Santa Barbara County, California. The spill resulted in severe damage to the local environment and wildlife and eventually the company would be convicted of eight misdemeanors and a felony in California. In this settlement, Plains’s General Partner, PAA GP LLC, has agreed to substantial therapeutic relief to strengthen the Company’s safety culture and regulatory compliance, including the (1) maintenance of a Health, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability (“HSES”) Committee in its Board of Directors for at least six years, (2) establishing a mechanism for employees to submit anonymous messages to the HSES committee, and (3) the HSES having authority to investigate such submissions as well as retain outside counsel and subject matter experts.

Please see attached documents including Amended and Restated Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise, and Release, dated August 5, 2022 and Notice of Pendency of Derivative Action, Proposed Settlement of Derivative Action, Settlement Hearing, and Right to Appear, August 16, 2022.