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NYC Court Limits What Filmmaker Must Give Chevron

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal appeals court on Thursday limited the amount of raw footage that a filmmaker must release from his documentary about a legal fight between Chevron and Ecuadoreans over oil contamination. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a two-page order that filmmaker Joseph Berlinger...

Plaintiffs Raise Chevron Damage Claim In Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador - (AP) The plaintiffs suing Chevron Corp. over oil contamination in the Ecuadorean jungle have raised their estimate of damages to a range of $40 billion to $90 billion. The previous estimate was $27 billion and was endorsed by a court-appointed expert. Full version available to lexis...

Tests Warned Of Cement Troubles Before BP Blowout

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Tests performed before the deadly blowout of BP's oil well in the Gulf of Mexico should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well, but the company and its cementing contractor used it anyway, investigators with the president's oil spill commission said...

Gibson Dunn Launches Transnational Litigation And Foreign Judgments Practice Group

LOS ANGELES - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has announced the formation of its new Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments Practice Group , which focuses on defending multinational corporations against torts and other related claims originating from or involving non-U.S. jurisdictions. The multidisciplinary...

Chevron Countersues Ecuador Pollution Claimants

SAN RAMON, Calif. - (AP) Chevron Corp. on Tuesday filed a countersuit against trial lawyers and their consultants for what it says was a campaign to rig the Ecuadorean court system in a bid to win billions of dollars in a pollution claim. The step is the latest in an 18-year-old court battle. . . . Full...

Judge Halts Any Ecuadorean Pollution Award Against Chevron

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal judge took the unusual step Tuesday of blocking a potential multi-billion-dollar judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental damage in Ecuador for at least 28 days after concluding that lawyers representing 30,000 Ecuadoreans were planning a "helter skelter" disruption...

California Jury Rules For Defense In Benzene Wrongful Death Case

LOS ANGELES -- A California Superior Court jury on Feb. 10 returned a verdict for the defense in a suit alleging that exposure to solvents including benzene caused a Los Angeles-area worker's death of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), saying that the exposure was not a substantial factor in the man's...

Chevron Fined $8 billion For Oil Contamination In Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador - (AP) An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed the ruling but not the amount of the fine. The company...

Lawsuit Says BP Official Resigned Over Safety Issues

HOUSTON - (AP) A former official with BP's drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico resigned just months before last year's oil spill because of disagreements with the oil giant over its commitment to safety, according to a class-action federal lawsuit related to the spill. Documents filed Monday...

Chevron Asks Court To Block $9.5 Billion Award

NEW YORK - (AP) A Chevron Corp. lawyer said Friday that the company will not apologize for damage that an oil company it purchased is accused of causing to Ecuador's rainforest even though the refusal means a $9.5 billion judgment against it will nearly double within days. Attorney Randy Mastro instead...

AP Sources: Manslaughter Charge Explored In Gulf Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Manslaughter and perjury are among possible charges that Justice Department investigators are exploring in the early stages of their probe into the Gulf oil spill, people familiar with the inquiry said Tuesday. These people said the Justice Department is not ruling out the possibility...

BP Agrees To $25 Million Penalty For 2006 Alaska Spills

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The penalty is the largest per barrel civil penalty assessed...

Appeals Court In New York City Puts Chevron On Defensive

NEW YORK - (AP) A lawyer for energy company Chevron found himself on the defensive Tuesday as he argued that it was urgent that the courts protect the company from an $18 billion judgment against it in Ecuador over damage done to the Ecuadorean rain forest decades ago. Two judges. . . . Full version...

William A. Ruskin: Keeping Your Adversary's Environmental Expert Honest

By William A. Ruskin Law 360 reported on April 12, 2013 that Steven Donziger , counsel for the indigenous Ecuadorians known as the Lago Agrio plaintiffs, “meddled” in the preparation of a key environmental report used against Chevron as part of an effort to secure, by hook or by crook...

William A. Ruskin: Securitizing Litigation Claims for Fun and Profit

By William A. Ruskin Call me old fashioned, but I am uncomfortable with the growing industry involving third-party financing of commercial claims in litigation. In the not-too-distant future, it may well be that commercial litigations will be “bundled” and traded as securities on financial...

Natural Gas Well Owner Pays $5 Million To Settle Pennsylvania Suit Filed By Family Of Well Worker Killed In Explosion

Chevron Appalachia, LLC owned and operated natural gas wells near Dunkard, Pennsylvania, including the Lanco #7H well site. On Feb. 11, 2014, Ian R. McKee was hired by Cameron International Corp., a company that was in turn hired by Chevron to perform services at Lanco #7H well site. A violent natural...