Oil Spill MDL Judge Dismisses Environmental Claims For Injunctive Relief

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge presiding over cases stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on June 16 dismissed claims seeking injunctive relief against BP Plc. and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. for alleged...

Oil Field Service Company Settles Claims Related To Gulf Oil Spill Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Weatherford International Ltd. announced June 20 that it has reached a $75 million agreement with BP LLC to settle any claims between the companies relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill ( In re: Oil Spill By The Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" In...

Complaint Filed Against Rio Tinto For Oil Spill

SYDNEY - (AP) A complaint has been filed against Rio Tinto Alcan in Australia, saying the mining giant is responsible for a leak of 19,000 gallons (75,000 liters) of oil into the ground. The Department of Resources for the Northern Territory lodged the complaint earlier this month and announced it on...

Oil Field Service Company Settles Claims Related To Oil Spill Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Weatherford International Ltd. announced June 20 that it has reached a $75 million agreement with BP LLC to settle any claims between the companies relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill ( In re: Oil Spill By The Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" In...

BP Says It Wants To End Future Loss Claims For Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP is arguing that victims of last year's Gulf oil spill should not be paid any more claims for future losses because the areas affected by the spill have recovered and the economy is improving. The British oil company makes its case in a 29-page document filed. . . . Full version...

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast for July 14, 2011 - Settlement Communications In BP Oil Spill MDL Cases To Remain Confidential

U.S. Judge Carl J. Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana says that settlement communications in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases are to remain confidential, and, a $3.5 million punitive damages award is vacated in an auto-worker's discrimination lawsuit. Hear these and other stories from...

Under California's Polanco Act, owners of a right-of-way to property are not owners or operators for subsurface contamination they did not cause and had no duty to investigate

California's Polanco Act provides a powerful (some would say one sided) tool for Redevelopment Agencies to force the remediation of a site subject to redevelopment, or to cause PRP's to reimburse such agencies for the remedial cost outlays. [As an aside, it should be noted that Governor Brown...

Judge Tosses RICO Claims Against BP For Oil Spill

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal judge on Friday threw out racketeering claims by the lead plaintiffs suing BP over last year's oil spill, and he gave the company another win by setting aside claims filed by one of BP's partners in the well project that resulted in the disaster. Gulf residents. . . ...

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?

Prior posts have discussed various aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on the biota of the Gulf. Bioremediation has several goals. First, one uses nature to remediate contamination, saving significant sums. Second, the "food" (contaminant) should cause the bacteria to...

New Evidence Cites More BP Oil Spill Mistakes

A BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for as long as a year, according to interviews and documents. . . . Full story available...

Shareholder Derivative Lawsuit Over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Dismissed In Favor Of English Forum

A wave of litigation followed in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Among this litigation were several shareholder derivative suits filed against certain directors and officers of BP and of its U.S. subsidiary. At the time these cases first arose, I asked whether or not these suits...

Lawsuit Filed Over Yellowstone River Oil Spill

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) Several landowners whose property was damaged when an ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline spilled oil into the Yellowstone River have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for long-term harm to their property and businesses. Attorney Cliff Edwards filed the lawsuit in state District...

Company Agrees To Pay BP LLC $4 Billion To Settle Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP LLC announced Oct. 17 that it has reached a $4 billion settlement agreement with a company that held a 25 percent interest in the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill ( In re: Oil Spill By The Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"...

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...

$7.8B Settlement Reached By BP and Plaintiffs in Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Claims

Lexis.com subscribers may click here to access Related Court Documents, Including Briefs, Pleadings and Motions for the Gulf Oil Spill Litigation . NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion...

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

N EW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC announced on 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. ...

BP PLC To Pay $4.5 Billion, Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges For Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) 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. The...

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean’s Guilty Plea; Company to Pay $400M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal judge in Louisiana has accepted Transocean Ltd.'s guilty plea today 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...

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean’s Guilty Plea; Company to Pay $400M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal judge in Louisiana has 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...

Louisiana Federal Judge Signs Consent Decree For Deepwater Horizon $1 Billion Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) 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...

Perkins Coie LLP on Fifth Circuit Holds That Terms of Insurance Policy, Not Indemnification Provision of Contract, Controls Coverage for BP in Deepwater Horizon Insurance Dispute

By James G. Bernald, Associate, Perkins Coie LLP Many different civil suits arose out of the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon , a semi-submersible, mobile offshore drilling unit, and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This commentary analyzes an important decision in one of...

Center for Biological Diversity Serves 60-Day Notice on Coast Guard and EPA for Violations of the Endangered Species Act

By: Genevieve Essig , Associate, Jenner & Block Last month the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) served a sixty-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Coast Guard (“USCG”) and U.S. EPA (EPA) for “ongoing and imminent violations of the Endangered Species Act...

Yes, That Pollution Exclusion In Your Insurance Does Work

Read your insurance policy. That’s the bottom line advice for businesses of all kinds, especially when it comes to pollution exclusions in property damage and liability insurance policies. A used car company and its principal learned this the hard way. Mississauga Motor Mart, and its directing...

Facts Rule Coverage – Pollution Exclusion Effective

Insurers do not want to cover pollution under a basic automobile insurance policy. In their generosity they take on the liability of their insureds if, as a result of a collision or upset of an insured vehicle, some pollution occurs. That does not, however give coverage for every incident of pollution...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 8, 2014; Performance-Based Budgeting Catching On Again In States

Budget & Taxes PERFORMANCE-BASED BUDGETING CATCHING ON AGAIN IN STATES: "Performance-based budgeting," which started to catch on among state governments in the 1990s but fell out of favor during the Great Recession, is reportedly making a comeback. And not everyone is happy about that...