Lawsuit Claims BP Took Advantage Of Cleanup Workers

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Three workers who helped BP in its oil spill cleanup efforts after last year's disaster accuse the oil giant in a federal lawsuit of denying them overtime pay and other benefits. The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans seeks a notice to allow others. . . ...

Tests Performed On Gulf Oil Rig's Blowout Preventer Defended

METAIRIE, La. - (AP) An investigator who examined the safety device that failed to prevent last year's BP oil spill said Monday his firm did not skip critical tests under pressure to meet a deadline to file a report on what caused the contraption not to work. Neil Thompson, a Det Norske Veritas....

Day Of Remembrance: 1 Year After Gulf Oil Disaster

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Relatives flew over Gulf of Mexico waters on Wednesday where 11 oil rig workers died a year ago, residents gathered in quiet prayer vigils onshore and President Barack Obama vowed to hold BP and others accountable for "the painful losses that they've caused." Somber remembrances...

Scientists Fret Over BP Funds For Gulf Research

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin. The spring nesting. . . . Full version...

Louisiana High Court Answers Certified Question Regarding Post-Loss Assignment

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Louisiana Supreme Court on May 10 found that although there is no Louisiana public policy that precludes an anti-assignment clause from applying to post-loss assignments, the language of the anti-assignment clause must clearly and unambiguously express that it applies...

Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Blackwater Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Friday tossed out parts of a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater but is allowing key claims to proceed to trial. The rulings from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III mean that, absent a last-minute settlement...

5th Circuit Panel Unable To Resolve Dispute Over Hurricane Post-Loss Assignments

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) In light of the Louisiana Supreme Court's May 10 answer to a certified question regarding post-loss assignments, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 found that it is unable to resolve an appeal by more than 200 insurers challenging approximately 151,000...

Scalia's Pro-Tobacco Order Tossed By Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia exercised a rarely used power last fall to let Philip Morris USA and three other big tobacco companies delay making multimillion-dollar payments for a program to help people quit smoking. Scalia, a cigarette smoker himself, justified acting...

Special Master Sought To Oversee Gulf Oil Spill Claims

(AP) The lead attorneys for people and businesses suing BP over last year's Gulf oil spill want a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the claims process. They said in court papers Monday that administrator Kenneth Feinberg has been too slow to process interim payments. . . . Full...

Parties In Defective Chinese Drywall Litigation Propose Class Action Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Parties in the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation in a Louisiana federal court on Dec. 15 announced a proposed class action settlement that would potentially resolve thousands of claims involving defective drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) ( In...

Judge Gives Preliminary OK To Settlement In Chinese Drywall Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over the Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation on Jan. 10 preliminarily approved a settlement that would resolve thousands of claims involving defective drywall manufactured by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) ( In re: Chinese-Manufactured...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Insurer's Motion To Stay Reinstated $92.9 Million Judgment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 31 denied an insurer's motion to stay pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari of a $92.9 million judgment that was reinstated against it in a class action lawsuit arising from hurricanes Katrina and...

Well Investor Agrees To Pay $90 Million To Resolve Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to pay $90 million to resolve liability and pay civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to settle claims asserted against it by the government and five states over the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill...

Oil Spill MDL Judge: BP, Andarko Liable Under Clean Water Act

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico held Feb. 22 that BP PLC and Andarko Petroleum Co. are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA...

5th Circuit: United States Not Immune From Liability For Katrina Flood Damage

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 2 affirmed a lower court's ruling that the United States is not immune from liability for certain plaintiffs' Hurricane Katrina flood damage under Section 702c of the Flood Control Act of 1928 and under the discretionary...

BP, Plaintiffs Agree To $7.8 Billion Settlement Of Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached an agreement on March 2 wherein the company would pay $7.8 billion to resolve...

Judge Gives Preliminary Approval Of Settlement Of Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gave preliminary approval for two separate class settlement agreements May 2, one resolving certain...

Federal Judge Issues Order Approving 5 Defective Drywall Settlements

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over the massive Chinese-manufactured defective drywall litigation issued an order Feb. 7 approving five class action settlements with manufacturers, builders, suppliers and installers of Chinese drywall and their various insurers...

U.S. High Court Denies Petition Disputing Government's Immunity In Katrina Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 refused to hear an appeal of a lower federal court's ruling that the application of the discretionary function exception (DFE) to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) completely insulates the U.S. government from liability for claimants'...

La. Supreme Court Reverses $330M Verdict For Risperdal Medicaid Law Violations

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) In a 4-3 vote, the Louisiana Supreme Court on Jan. 28 reversed a verdict of more than $330.6 million against Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson, finding that the state attorney general failed to prove that misrepresenting the safety...

Property Owners Say Federal Power Act Doesn’t Preempt Toledo Bend Dam Flood Damage Claims

Petitioners, property owners and lessees in the State of Louisiana, filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 7, 2014. Petitioners’ properties were flooded due to an operational release of water by the Toledo Bend Dam. They initially filed a case in state court in...

Jury Awards $9B In 1st MDL Actos Bladder Cancer Trial Against Takeda, Eli Lilly

LAFAYETTE, La. — (Mealey’s) The first federal court Actos bladder cancer trial ended April 7 in a $9 billion verdict against co-defendants Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. Inc., according to Takeda ( In Re: Actos [Pioglitazone] Products Liability Litigation , MDL Docket...

Halliburton Agrees To Pay $1.1 Billion To Resolve Most Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (HESI), the company that was responsible for cement work for the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, on Sept. 2 filed an agreement in Louisiana federal court under which it will pay approximately $1.1 billion to resolve claims for...

Case of the Week: The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Oil Spill

Nearly 4 ½ years after the oil well beneath the "Deepwater Horizon” rig blew out and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, legal news surrounding the disaster again made headlines last week. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. announced an agreement...

No New Trial In Actos MDL Bellwether Case, But Punitives Are Cut From $9 Billion To $36 Million

LAFAYETTE, La. — (Mealey’s) Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. will not get a new trial in the first Actos bladder cancer multidistrict litigation bellwether case, but a Louisiana federal judge on Oct. 27 reduced the $9 billion punitive damages verdict to $36.87 million...