Transocean Says Obstacles Remain With Possible $1.5B Settlement With Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Transocean Ltd., the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in April 2010, resulting in a historic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said in a Form 8-K filed Sept. 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that a number of obstacles have interfered with its ability...

Gulf Oil Spill MDL Judge Lays Out Guidelines For Fairness Hearing

NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over claims arising from the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 11 issued an order providing guidelines for the Nov. 8 fairness hearing for final approval of BP Plc.'s...

MDL Judge Dismisses 3 Claims Stemming From Stigma Of Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over lawsuits stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 1 dismissed three claims raised in the B1 bundle complaint stemming from economic damages resulting from the stigma of the disaster...

Louisiana Asks For Separate Trial On Economic Loss Claims From Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - The State of Louisiana on Oct. 24 asked the federal judge overseeing litigation arising from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to set a separate trial date for its economic loss claims against BP PLC, arguing that...

Landowners, Oyster Fisheries Opt Out Of $7.8 Billion BP Settlement, File Suits

NEW ORLEANS - A group of landowners along the Gulf Coast and three oyster fisheries in Louisiana on Nov. 1 officially opted out of BP PLC's proposed $7.8 billion settlement for economic loss and medical claims arising from the oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and...

BP To Pay $4.5 Billion, Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges For Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC announced Nov. 15 that it would plead guilty to a dozen felony charges brought by the federal government and pay $4.5 billion in penalties over its involvement in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow this link to view...

5th Circuit: Negligence Claims Against Rescue Vessels Properly Dismissed

NEW ORLEANS - General maritime negligence law claims brought by fishermen against rescue vessel owners and operators that extinguished the fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig before its explosion were properly dismissed due to a lack of foreseeability, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled...

Transocean To Pay$1.4B To Resolve Claims Over Deepwater Horizon Incident

NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Deepwater Inc. and the federal government on Jan. 3 filed a consent decree in which the company has agreed to pay $1 billion in civil penalties, $400 million in criminal fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve claims stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater...

5th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Group's Environmental Claims Over Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 9 affirmed the dismissal of claims brought by the Center for Biological Diversity under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) against BP America Production Co. and others...

Judge Accepts BP's Guilty Pleas, Agreement To Pay $4.5B In Penalties

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana on Jan. 29 approved BP Exploration & Production Inc.'s offer to plead guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter and pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010, and ensuing oil spill...

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean's Guilty Plea; Company To Pay $400M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice announced that on Feb. 14 a federal judge in Louisiana accepted Transocean Ltd.'s guilty plea for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) over its conduct leading to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and that the company will pay $400...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Approves Transocean's $1B Settlement Agreement

NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge in Louisiana who is overseeing litigation arising from the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 19 approved Transocean Deepwater Inc. and its affiliates' agreement to pay $1 billion in civil penalties...

BP, Government Agree Company Collected 810,000 Barrels Of Oil During Spill

NEW ORLEANS - In what published reports are saying could save BP Exploration and Production Inc. more than $3 billion in penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA), a federal judge in Louisiana on Feb. 19 approved an agreement between the company and the federal government that the company collected 810...

Panel Says BP Is Additional Insured As To Pollution Risks Related To Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - BP Exploration & Production Inc. and its related entities are additional insureds under policies issued to Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. and, therefore, are entitled to coverage as additional insureds for claims related to the Deepwater Horizon incident, the Fifth Circuit...

Pipeline Company Ordered To Do Additional Cleanup In Kalamazoo River

CHICAGO - Saying that recoverable oil remains at the bottom of Michigan's Kalamazoo River, the Environmental Protection Agency's Chicago office on March 14 ordered Enbridge Inc. to do additional dredging to recover benzene-containing oil released into waterways during a 2010 pipeline rupture...

5th Circuit Denies Transocean's Motion To Stay Ruling Enforcing Subpoenas

NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Deepwater Drilling Inc.'s motion to stay pending appeal of the enforcement of government subpoenas requiring the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to produce documents related to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)'s investigation of the explosion...

Haliburton To Plead Guilty For Destroying Evidence Related To Deepwater Horizon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 25 that Halliburton Energy Services Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010, pay the maximum statutory fine and be subject to three years of probation...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Orders BP To Pay $128M To Fund Claims Budget

NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 7 ordered BP Exploration and Production Inc. to pay $128,654,584 to fund the third-quarter budget of the Court Supervised Settlement...

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...