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Gulf Oil Spill Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Announces Finalized Settlement With BP
Posted on 19 Apr 2012 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

Joint Motions Seek Preliminary Court Approval NEW ORLEANS -- The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) leading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill announced April 18 that it has finalized its settlement with BP. The PSC has... 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

Well Investor Agrees To Pay $90 Million To Resolve Gulf Oil Spill Claims
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by Shane Dilworth

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to pay $90 million to resolve liability and pay civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to settle claims asserted against it by the government and five states over the explosion of... Read More

Makers Of FEMA Mobile Homes Near Class Action Settlement
Posted on 21 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina are nearing a settlement to resolve thousands of claims that Gulf Coast storm victims were exposed to potentially dangerous... Read More

Gulf Oil Spill Claims Process Coming Under Fire
Posted on 15 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) President Barack Obama vowed during a White House speech last June that the $20 billion he helped coax out of BP for an oil spill compensation fund would take care of victims "as quickly, as fairly and as transparently as possible... Read More

Dead Animals Are Exhibit A In Gulf Investigation
Posted on 17 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Dead birds are wrapped in foil or paper, then sealed in plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Dolphin tissue samples and dead sea turtles are kept in locked freezers. Field notebooks are collected and secured. Scientists examining... Read More

Number Of Residents Denied BP Compensation Money Up Sharply
Posted on 2 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - (AP) Denied claims for Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims are rising dramatically because of a flood of new filings coming in without proper documentation or with no proof at all, the head of the $20 billion BP fund said Monday. Some... Read More

Florida Developer Sues Halliburton Over Gulf Spill
Posted on 5 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW YORK - (AP) Florida real estate developer St. Joe Co. is suing Halliburton Co. over its role in the rig explosion that led to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. St. Joe said late Wednesday that Halliburton, which was responsible for encasing... Read More

EEOC Sues Over India Immigrant Workers' Treatment
Posted on 22 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - (AP) A federal agency claims in a lawsuit filed this week that hundreds of people recruited in India to work for an oil rig construction company in Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were forced into oppressive... Read More

Oil Spill Legal Mess Likely One Of Costliest Ever
Posted on 27 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MIAMI - (AP) BP PLC and the other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are faced with fast-multiplying lawsuits that will provoke one of the most drawn-out and costliest legal battles in U.S. history, one that could easily consume the $20... Read More

Feds Investigate Texas Plant Fire That Killed 1
Posted on 11 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

$2.6 Million Deal To Settle FEMA Mobile Home Claims
Posted on 25 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve thousands of claims that the shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially... Read More

Scientists Fret Over BP Funds For Gulf Research
Posted on 25 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time... Read More

Judge: 1st Gulf Oil Spill Trial Could Start Next June
Posted on 17 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A judge presiding over more than 300 lawsuits arising from the Gulf Coast oil spill says the first federal trial involving damage claims could be held next summer. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says the first "test trial"... Read More