Victims of federally-prosecuted environmental crimes have the right to full and timely restitution under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Acts (the "Act"). A recent case raises the issue of what specific damages are recoverable under the Act. In United States v. CITGO Petroleum Corp., et al., Case No. 2:06-00563, pending in the Southern District of Texas, 15 crime victims have asked the Court to order CITGO to fund two trusts with approximately $30 million for restitution damages.
To learn more. please read Bill Wagner's recent blog post on Commonground.