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Supreme Court Rules Vaccine Lawsuits Are Federally Preempted
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. --(Mealey's) A 6-2 U.S. Supreme Court majority on Feb. 22 ruled that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) preempts tort claims asserting design defect against vaccine manufacturers ( Russell Bruesewitz, et al... Read More

California Appeals Court Affirms $8 Million Benzene Injury Verdict
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Michael Lefkowitz

SAN FRANCISCO -- (Mealey's) A California appeals court has affirmed an $8 million judgment to a seaman who blamed benzene exposure aboard oil tankers for the loss of a kidney to cancer, saying Feb. 18 that scientific certainty is not required for... Read More

Houston Law Firm Files Mass Injury Lawsuit Against BP Over Texas City Benzene Release
Posted on 23 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

GALVESTON, Texas - The Vujasinovic & Beckcom law firm of Houston on Sept. 14 filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on behalf of 120 people who were exposed to benzene that was released from British Petroleum's... Read More

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

Feds Sued For Backing Off Fast-Track Drilling
Posted on 29 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A petroleum industry group has filed a lawsuit saying federal land managers lacked authority to stop fast-track approval of oil and gas drilling on public land in the West. The Western Energy Alliance filed the lawsuit on Oct. 21... Read More

Judge Halts Any Ecuadorean Pollution Award Against Chevron
Posted on 10 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal judge took the unusual step Tuesday of blocking a potential multi-billion-dollar judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental damage in Ecuador for at least 28 days after concluding that lawyers representing 30,000 Ecuadoreans... 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

Chevron Fined $8 billion For Oil Contamination In Ecuador
Posted on 15 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

QUITO, Ecuador - (AP) An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed 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

Chevron Countersues Ecuador Pollution Claimants
Posted on 2 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN RAMON, Calif. - (AP) Chevron Corp. on Tuesday filed a countersuit against trial lawyers and their consultants for what it says was a campaign to rig the Ecuadorean court system in a bid to win billions of dollars in a pollution claim. The step is... 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

Chevron Asks Court To Block $9.5 Billion Award
Posted on 21 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

NEW YORK - (AP) A Chevron Corp. lawyer said Friday that the company will not apologize for damage that an oil company it purchased is accused of causing to Ecuador's rainforest even though the refusal means a $9.5 billion judgment against it will... Read More