NY Court Denies Summary Judgment in Seemingly Clear-Cut Case Under NY Navigation Law

An upstate Supreme Court Justice has denied summary judgment on liability under Section 181 of the state’s Navigation Law against a company whose predecessor owned and operated a petroleum refinery on the site for almost 60 years. The decision in One Flint Street LLC v. Exxon Mobil Corp, et al., Index No. 2011/4470 (July 18, 2012, Monroe Co. Sup. Ct.) establishes a high bar for obtaining summary judgment in Nav Law cases.