JPMDL Refuses To Create New MDL For Gulf Oil Spill Suits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on Aug. 9 refused to create a second multidistrict litigation for suits brought by individuals, businesses and government entities who have opted out of settlement agreements with BP Exploration & Production Inc. to resolve...

Panel Certifies Questions To Texas High Court Regarding Additional Insured Status

NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 29 withdrew its opinion regarding the additional insured status of BP Exploration & Production Inc. and its related entities under policies issued to Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. and certified questions to the Texas Supreme...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Finds Mexican States Lacked Proprietary Interest In Gulf

NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge in Louisiana who is presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 6 awarded summary judgment to the defendants in suits brought by three Mexican states after finding that they were unable...

5th Circuit Orders Oil Spill MDL Judge To Review Settlement Agreement

NEW ORLEANS - A divided Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Oct. 2 affirmed the dismissal of BP Exploration and Production Inc.'s breach of contract suit against the administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Fund (GFFC), but ordered the judge presiding over the multidistrict court for litigation...

5th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Group's Request To Intervene In BP Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Nov. 11 affirmed the dismissal of Gulf Organized Fisheries in Solidarity & Hope Inc.'s (GO FISH) motion to intervene to object to the manner in which a second wave of distributions will be made pursuant to the Seafood Compensation Program...

5th Circuit Grants BP's Request For Extended Stay Of Settlement Payouts

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 2 granted BP Exploration and Production Inc.'s request for a further stay of payouts from its $7.8 billion settlement to resolve economic loss claims stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ordered the federal judge in...

Divided 5th Circuit Panel Affirms Approval Of Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - A 2-1 panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 10 affirmed a decision by the federal judge in Louisiana overseeing claims stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to approve a $9.2 billion settlement agreement...