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Jones Walker Expands Energy Industry Team
Posted on 20 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON — Jones Walker has named Michael B. Donald, a partner in the firm's Houston office, and Marjorie A. McKeithen, of counsel in the firm's New Orleans office, co-chairs of the Energy Industry Team. The firm has combined attorneys... Read More

The Gulf Oil Spill: Where We Are One Year Later
Posted on 20 Apr 2011 by Gregg Lawson

NEW ORLEANS - One year ago on April 20, an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in a spill it took three months to stop. A year after the worst offshore oil... Read More

Plaintiff Attorney Likens Oil Spill Defendants To 'Reservoir Dogs'
Posted on 4 Nov 2010 by Gregg Lawson

MIAMI BEACH - Remember the famous Mexican standoff scene in the movie "Reservoir Dogs" where the gang of crooks turn on each other, hold each other at gunpoint and then shoot each other? Plaintiff attorney Scott Summy of Baron & Budd... Read More

5th Circuit Won't Stay Ruling On Offshore Drilling Moratorium
Posted on 9 Jul 2010 by Samantha Drake

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 8 denied a motion to stay pending appeal of a Louisiana federal judge’s June 22 ruling enjoining the federal government’s six-month moratorium on offshore... Read More

High Court Refuses To Hear Case Over Rejected Offshore Drilling Permit
Posted on 25 Apr 2011 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 25 denied ATP Oil & Gas Corp.'s petition for certiorari seeking review of a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling affirming the August 2006 denial of an application that would... 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 Agrees To $25 Million Penalty For 2006 Alaska Spills
Posted on 4 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The... Read More

Judge Halts Oil, Gas Development On Chukchi Sea
Posted on 22 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold... Read More

Drilling Moratorium Challenged By Offshore Company
Posted on 9 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The ban on deepwater petroleum drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is being challenged by a Louisiana oil services company that claims the federal government has not shown justification for the shutdown. Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc.,... Read More

Experts Say BP Increased Risk Of Gulf Blowout
Posted on 9 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) BP too often operated on the fly in the closing days of work on its doomed Gulf oil well, adding needless risk of a blowout, investigators, experts and panel members said at the presidential commission Tuesday. They said the company... Read More

Government Hopes New Drilling Moratorium Can Survive
Posted on 13 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Rebuffed twice by the courts, the Obama administration is taking another crack at a moratorium on deep-water drilling, stressing new evidence of safety concerns and no longer basing the moratorium on water depth. But those who... Read More

Judge Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban As `Overbearing'
Posted on 23 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others... Read More

Maritime Law Firm Retained By Injured Roustabout On Semisubmersible Offshore Drilling Rig
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON — The Transocean oil-rig explosion on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, led to a huge fire and the eventual sinking of the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible offshore drilling rig . Coast Guard officials suspended the three-day search for the 11 missing... Read More