Lawsuit By Mexico's Pemex Targets U.S. Companies

MEXICO CITY - (AP) Mexico's state-run oil company filed a lawsuit Monday against five companies, including the U.S. subsidiary of German chemical maker BASF, for allegedly buying stolen Mexican petroleum products. Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, says in the lawsuit filed in a Houston court that the...

Houston Jury Awards $82M In 2007 Gas Blast Death

HOUSTON - (AP) Lawyers say a Texas jury has awarded $82.5 million in damages to the family of a man who died in a 2007 explosion at a natural gas processing plant in Hood County. Ammons Law Firm says Houston-based Hanover Compressions L.P., which has since been renamed Exterran Energy Solutions L.P....

BP Gulf Spill Costs Hit $2 Billion, No End Yet

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - (AP ) BP said Monday it has spent $2 billion in two months fighting its Gulf of Mexico oil spill and compensating victims, with no end in sight. The British oil giant released its latest tally of response costs, including $105 million paid out so far to 32,000 claimants. Full...

Gulf Surface Cleaner, But Questions Lurk Far Below

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Researchers are warning that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a bigger mess than the government claims and that a lot of crude is lurking deep below the surface, some of it settling perhaps in a critical undersea canyon off the Florida Panhandle. The evidence of microscopic amounts...

Dominion Sues Gas Owners to Protect Storage Site

MORGANTOWN W.Va. - (AP) After negotiating for a decade, Dominion Transmission is suing nine property owners who refuse to sell oil and gas rights the company says it needs to protect natural gas stored in a large underground reservoir in West Virginia. The defendants are in five states West Virginia...

Lawsuit Filed In Pennsylvania Over Hydraulic Fracturing

LENOX TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Parker Waichman Alonso LLP has announced the filing of a lawsuit against Southwest Energy Production Company and its parent, Southwestern Energy Company, both of Houston, on behalf of 13 families in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, who allege that their water wells have been contaminated...

Feds Investigate Texas Plant Fire That Killed 1

HOUSTON - (AP) Federal and state officials are investigating what caused a fire that killed one worker at a natural gas liquid plant east of Houston, a facility that since 2004 has paid thousands of dollars in fines for serious violations that included at least one other death. The latest incident. ...

Babst Calland On Marcellus Shale - Anticipating Toxic Tort Litigation

One of our litigation attorneys, Kathy Condo, has a practice focused on handling the defense of large toxic tort litigation. Recently, she shared with our team an article from The West Virginia Record ( Jan. 20, 2011 ) in which a statewide group known as the "Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse"...

Fulbright Adds Marcellus Shale Team; Opens Western Pennsylvania Office

PITTSBURGH - A highly-regarded six-lawyer team has joined the energy and environmental practices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as the global firm opened an office in Western Pennsylvania, the center of activity for Marcellus Shale natural gas production. Partner Ken Komoroski, a recognized shale...

Environment Groups File Lawsuit Over Natural Gas Drilling Regulations

NEW YORK - (AP) Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York City to force federal officials to conduct an environmental review before issuing final regulations on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin because of concerns over the method used to remove the gas. The lawsuit asks...

Plaintiff, Defense Bars Gear Up For Litigation Over Shale Gas Drilling

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance professionals and gas industry reps from 22...

Cadwalader Clients & Friends Memo: FERC Versus State Authorities: Supreme Court Agrees to Review ONEOK v. Learjet

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition to hear an appeal by several companies contending that antitrust claims filed against them under state law over alleged manipulation of gas prices during the western energy crisis from 2000 to 2002 were precluded by the Natural Gas Act (“...