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Emerging Oil Rig Evidence Shows Lack Of Regulation
Posted on 13 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (AP) The first firm evidence of what likely caused the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil blowout — a devastating sequence of equipment failures — drives home a central unsettling point about America's oil industry... Read More

BP Report Blames Itself, Others For Oil Spill
Posted on 8 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) In an internal report released Wednesday, BP blames itself, other companies' workers and a complex series of failures for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the drilling rig explosion that preceded it. The 193-page report... Read More

Tests Performed On Gulf Oil Rig's Blowout Preventer Defended
Posted on 5 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Transocean Tries To Limit Liability For Sunken Oil Rig
Posted on 13 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW YORK — (AP) The company that owns the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig said Thursday it will petition a federal court in Houston to cap its overall liability from the incident at less than $27 million. Transocean Ltd. expects to receive $560 million... Read More

Gulf Oil Spill Probe: Blowout Preventer Was Flawed
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The blowout preventer that should have stopped the BP oil spill cold failed because of faulty design and a bent piece of pipe, a testing firm hired by the government said Wednesday in a report that appears to shift some blame for the... Read More

BP Spill Class Action Alleges Profiteering, Seeks Punitive Damages
Posted on 23 Sep 2010 by HB Litigation Conferences

NEW ORLEANS - A group of fishermen, property owners, business owners, and wage earners from five states on Aug. 20 filed a nationwide class action for punitive damages in the BP oil spill ( Corliss Gallo, et al. v. BP , No. 2:10-cv-02795, E.D. La.). ... Read More

Fishing Charters File Lawsuit Against BP America For Oil Spill Damages
Posted on 13 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

GULFPORT, Miss. — The owner of a fishing boat and a charter boat captain that operate in the Gulf of Mexico on May 12 filed a lawsuit against BP America for damages sustained after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, according to Hagens Berman , the Seattle... Read More

Amended Florida Class Action Complaint Filed In BP Oil Spill Disaster
Posted on 7 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A team of nationally known attorneys led by Tallahassee lawyer and Northeastern University Professor P. Tim Howard on May 6 filed an amended complaint in one of the first Florida class action lawsuits over the sinking of the... Read More

Commercial Fisherman Files Class Action Suit Against BP Over Oil Spill
Posted on 13 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

PENSACOLA, Fla. — On April 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Brad Bradford of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, along with Mat Richardson of Jackson, Foster & Richardson, filed a class action lawsuit... Read More

Florida Property Owners Seek Protection From BP Oil Spill
Posted on 4 May 2010 by Samantha Drake

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida resident and a homeowners association on May 4 filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court against BP PLC and related companies to prevent or mitigate damage to property following the April 20 explosion... Read More

Oil Spill Commission Final Report Blames Deepwater Disaster On 'Systemic Failures'
Posted on 4 Feb 2011 by Gregg Lawson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The presidential commission appointed to study the Deepwater Horizon disaster concludes in its final report that the Macondo well blowout can be traced to a series of mistakes by numerous parties "that reveal such systemic failures... Read More

House Passes Bill Allowing Oil Spill Victims To Recover Noneconomic Damages
Posted on 2 Jul 2010 by Christopher Bauer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a move that would allow families of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion to sue for noneconomic damages, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1 passed H.R. 5503, the SPILL Act (Securing Protections... Read More