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Obama: BP Agrees To $20B Fund; Chairman Apologizes
Posted on 16 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) President Barack Obama and BP reached agreement Wednesday on a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the giant British company's chairman apologized to America for the... Read More

Brad Marten On Fighting The Last War: The Relevance (And Irrelevance) Of The Exxon Valdez Oil Tanker Spill To The Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Spill
Posted on 7 May 2010 by Bradley M. Marten

By Brad Marten A number of us in the Pacific Northwest can remember the phone call that came in the spring of 1989 telling us to come to Alaska. There had been an oil spill, the caller said, and we had better get up there right away. We packed up and... Read More

Raw Anger Spills At Conference On BP Gulf Disaster
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by Gregg Lawson

ATLANTA - Some raw anger at BP spilled out today at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. Environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of Kennedy & Madonna LLP in Hurley... Read More

Where Does The BP Gulf Oil Spill Rank Among The World’s Worst?
Posted on 8 Jun 2010 by Gregg Lawson

The black crude keeps flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from an uncapped oil rig, the worst oil leak in U.S. history. On May 28, the chairman of BP upgraded the severity of the oil spill from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig... Read More

Plaintiff Attorney: Deepwater Horizon A 'Nightmare Well'
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by Gregg Lawson

ATLANTA - Lax inspection, construction shortcuts and faulty equipment led to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent failure to stop the millions of gallons of oil leaked, according to a plaintiff attorney... Read More

Alabama Leaders Clash Over How To Proceed Against BP
Posted on 9 Sep 2010 by HB Litigation Conferences

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A power struggle is developing in Alabama over how to proceed with claims against those responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Attorney General Troy King on Aug. 12 sued BP, Transocean and others in the Middle District of... Read More

House Passes Bill Allowing Oil Spill Victims To Recover Noneconomic Damages
Posted on 2 Jul 2010 by Christopher Bauer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a move that would allow families of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion to sue for noneconomic damages, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1 passed H.R. 5503, the SPILL Act (Securing Protections... Read More

Legal ‘Frequent Flyer’ Told To Stop Suing BP Without Court Permission
Posted on 10 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia has told a recreational fisherman and seafood consultant, who also is a frequent plaintiff, to stop all legal actions pending approval of the court. Kenn Hinton, described by U.S. District Judge James C... Read More

Oil Dispersants In The Gulf: A 'Scientific Experiment?'
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by Gregg Lawson

ATLANTA - The use of dispersants on oil leaking from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig could create a toxic stew of byproducts, and past oil spills are of little help in predicting what damage could be done to the Gulf of Mexico, speakers said today at... Read More

BP Report Blames Numerous Parties, Factors For Gulf Oil Spill
Posted on 9 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BP on Sept. 8 released a report blaming a number of factors and parties, including itself, Halliburton and Transocean, for the April 20 explosion on its Deepwater Horizon deepwater oil drilling rig. In a press release on the BP Web site ( www.bp... Read More

EPA Releases First Round Of Peer Review Toxicity Testing Data For 8 Oil Dispersants
Posted on 2 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US Environmental Protection Agency has released peer reviewed results from the first round of its own independent toxicity testing on eight oil dispersants. EPA conducted testing to ensure that decisions about ongoing dispersant... Read More

Administrator: $20B BP Escrow Fund To Cover Most Oil Spill Claims, Could Grow Larger
Posted on 24 Jun 2010 by Gregg Lawson

ATLANTA - The $20 billion BP escrow fund to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill will cover all claims against the company except for environmental cleanup and could eventually grow much larger, Michael K. Rozen of Feinberg Rozen said today at HB... Read More