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U.S. High Court Upholds NASA Employee Background Questionnaire
Posted on 19 Jan 2011 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) A mandatory questionnaire for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) employees is not only reasonable in light of the federal government's interests but subject to substantial protections against disclosure... Read More

Oil Spill MDL Judge Issues Protocol For Evidence Preservation
Posted on 10 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - Since consolidation last month of the Gulf oil spill litigation into MDL 2179 in the Eastern District of Louisiana, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier has taken up several issues. At a status conference, Judge Barbier discussed removal... Read More

BP: Don't Give Gulf Fail-Safe Device To Transocean
Posted on 27 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ATLANTA - (AP) BP and Transocean are at odds over who should get possession of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill investigation once additional testing is complete. Transocean, responsible for maintaining the blowout preventer that... 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

Government: Initial Probe Finds No New Toyota Issues
Posted on 10 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A government investigation into runaway Toyotas has found no new safety defects beyond problems with accelerator pedals that explain reports of sudden acceleration in the vehicles, according to preliminary findings released Tuesday... Read More

Government Investigation Finds No Electronic Flaws In Toyotas
Posted on 8 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration's investigation into Toyota safety problems found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems. Government investigators said Tuesday the... 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

New Claims Made Against Toyota In Automobile Defects Case
Posted on 29 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. bought back cars from drivers who reported sudden acceleration defects, but the company didn't tell federal regulators about the problem, according to court documents filed in the sprawling litigation against... Read More

Supreme Court Grapples With NASA Privacy Questions
Posted on 5 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court seemed unwilling Tuesday to restrict the government's ability to investigate the people who want to work inside its installations in the post-9/11 world, despite concerns that federal officials could go too... Read More

Supreme Court Says NASA Background Checks Can Continue
Posted on 19 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stop federal investigations into the private lives of people who want to work at government installations even those who don't have security clearances and don't work on secret... Read More

Supreme Court To Hear NASA Privacy Case
Posted on 4 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

PASADENA, Calif. - (AP) For the past three years, Robert Nelson has been juggling two lives. He's a senior research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory by day, attempting to determine whether Saturn's giant moon Titan is volcanically... Read More