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U.S. To Gulf Oil Spill Claims Czar: Loosen Purse Strings On Fund
Posted on 7 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ATLANTA - (AP) The job of the administrator of the $20 billion fund for Gulf oil spill victims is not to preserve money or return it to BP, and he should loosen the purse strings to help people still suffering from last year's disaster, the Justice... Read More

Contingency Fee Bill Could Help With BP Lawsuits
Posted on 8 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BATON ROUGE La. - (AP) A measure that would allow Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to hire lawyers on contingency squeaked out of the state Senate on Monday on the promise that it would help the state in any coming litigation against BP over... Read More

Closeness To Gulf Oil Spill The Key To Many Claims
Posted on 20 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MIAMI - (AP) Details released Friday about how claims will be paid from BP PLC's $20 billion fund show that how close geographically a person or business is to the Gulf oil spill will play a key role. The claims process is shifting from BP to the... Read More

BP Claims Czar Continues Gulf Tour Amid Complaints
Posted on 11 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LAFITTE, La. - (AP) The administrator of BP's $20 billion oil spill claims fund continues his two-day swing across the Gulf Coast with visits to two southern Louisiana towns. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will meet with residents, business owners and... Read More

Feinberg Calls His Oil Spill Claims Work 'Unparalleled'
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The administrator in charge of Gulf oil spill claims argues in a court filing posted Tuesday that the openness of the process has been "nothing short of extraordinary" and his efforts to compensate victims have exceeded what... Read More

Judge Tosses RICO Claims Against BP For Oil Spill
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Lawsuit Claims BP Took Advantage Of Cleanup Workers
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

BP Sues Oil Rig Owner For $40B; Blames It For Gulf Disaster
Posted on 21 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP on Wednesday sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year's calamitous Gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging that negligence by both helped cause the disaster. The British company said... Read More

Judge Asked To Postpone Trial For Gulf Oil Spill Cases
Posted on 4 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Some of the companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to postpone until 2012 a trial designed to assign percentages of fault in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project. Full version available... Read More

BP, Gulf Oil Spill Partners File Lawsuits Against Each Other
Posted on 22 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MIAMI - (AP) After being hammered for a year over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP is going on the offensive with multibillion-dollar lawsuits seeking to shift at least part of the blame to those who owned the ill-fated rig or designed a failed safety... Read More

AP Sources: Manslaughter Charge Explored In Gulf Oil Spill
Posted on 30 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Federal Board Questions Gulf Oil Rig Blowout Preventer's Design
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

METAIRIE, La. - (AP) A senior official for the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's Gulf oil spill said Friday the device hadn't been tested to see if it could cut through a bent drill pipe. The firm hired by the government... Read More

Alabama AG Sues BP, Others Over Gulf Oil Spill
Posted on 13 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) Alabama's attorney general is suing BP and others over the Gulf oil spill because he says the oil company has broken too many promises about accepting responsibility for the disaster. Attorney General Troy King filed two lawsuits... Read More

Feds Push Back In Flap Over Blowout Preventer Test
Posted on 10 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Federal investigators are pushing back against criticism they aren't doing enough to keep companies involved in the Gulf oil spill away from any hands-on role in the forensic analysis of a key piece of equipment that failed to keep... Read More

Oil Spill Panel Hears About Halliburton Warning
Posted on 25 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) Federal investigators probing the blowout that led to the Gulf oil spill grilled a Halliburton official Tuesday about concerns the petroleum services firm raised over the potential for a severe gas flow problem if a BP plan was used. Halliburton... Read More