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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

Potential Scams Top 7,000 In BP Spill Compensation
Posted on 28 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims, many of which have been referred to the Justice Department for criminal investigations... Read More

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Gulf Oil Spill Damages
Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The Justice Department sued BP and several other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Wednesday, an opening salvo in the government's effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage . The government... 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

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Oil Spill Damages
Posted on 1 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A powerful plaintiff has joined the hundreds of people and businesses suing BP and other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill: the Justice Department. The government, in an opening salvo in its effort to get billions of dollars... Read More

Judge Won't Let Sierra Club Join Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit
Posted on 29 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A federal magistrate judge won't allow the Sierra Club to join a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP and other companies over last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Judge Sally Shushan said in her... Read More

Special Master Sought To Oversee Gulf Oil Spill Claims
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

(AP) The lead attorneys for people and businesses suing BP over last year's Gulf oil spill want a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the claims process. They said in court papers Monday that administrator Kenneth Feinberg has been... Read More

Texas Sues Feds Over Offshore Drilling Ban
Posted on 12 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) The Texas attorney general sued the Obama administration Wednesday over its new deep-water offshore drilling moratorium, claiming it is unjustified and federal officials did not contact the state before issuing the ban. Attorney General... 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

Presidential Panel Says Gulf Oil Spill Could Happen Again
Posted on 6 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Disasters like the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig could happen again without significant reform, according to the conclusions of a presidential panel that described systemic problems within the offshore oil and gas industry... Read More

Lawsuit Says BP Official Resigned Over Safety Issues
Posted on 16 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) A former official with BP's drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico resigned just months before last year's oil spill because of disagreements with the oil giant over its commitment to safety, according to a class-action federal... Read More

U.S. Seeks $10 Million For Oil Spill Legal Costs
Posted on 14 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (AP) The White House is asking Congress to approve $10 million for potential litigation costs arising from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's part of a larger legislative package the administration sent to Capitol Hill... 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

Problems Plague BP Oil Spill Compensation Fund
Posted on 5 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - (AP) In the rush to get compensation from BP after its massive oil spill, the $20 billion fund that the company created has been inundated with questionable documentation, inflated claims and in some cases, outright fraud all slowing... 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