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Ship owner sues pharmacists in 2007 San Francisco Bay spill

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:22 a.m.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

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John Cota

SAN FRANCISCO — The owners and operators of the Cosco Busan container ship that leaked thousands of gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in 2007 are suing pharmacists from a Petaluma drug store who they say dispensed drugs to the ship's pilot.

Regal Stone Ltd., owner of the Cosco Busan, and Fleet Management Ltd., the ship's operator, say the pills dispensed by pharmacists at a Longs Drug Store clouded pilot John Cota's judgment and led the ship to slam into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, spilling more than 50,000 gallons of oil.

The lawsuit — filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday — seeks to recover some of the millions of dollars in payments Regal Stone and Fleet Management have made following the spill.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/Jpwxp3) that a representative of CVS Caremark, which owns Longs, was not available for comment.

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