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Workers Injured In Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig Explosion File Complaint In Texas

HOUSTON — (Mealey’s) Three injured workers and the widow of a man killed in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast last month filed a personal injury and wrongful death action in a Texas state court on May 4 ( Joshua Kritzer, et al. v. Transocean Ltd., et al...

Amended Florida Class Action Complaint Filed In BP Oil Spill Disaster

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A team of nationally known attorneys led by Tallahassee lawyer and Northeastern University Professor P. Tim Howard on May 6 filed an amended complaint in one of the first Florida class action lawsuits over the sinking of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Fishing Charters File Lawsuit Against BP America For Oil Spill Damages

GULFPORT, Miss. — The owner of a fishing boat and a charter boat captain that operate in the Gulf of Mexico on May 12 filed a lawsuit against BP America for damages sustained after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, according to Hagens Berman , the Seattle-based class action law firm representing the...

House Passes Bill Allowing Oil Spill Victims To Recover Noneconomic Damages

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 for the Injured from Limitations on Liability...

BP Spill Class Action Alleges Profiteering, Seeks Punitive Damages

NEW ORLEANS - A group of fishermen, property owners, business owners, and wage earners from five states on Aug. 20 filed a nationwide class action for punitive damages in the BP oil spill ( Corliss Gallo, et al. v. BP , No. 2:10-cv-02795, E.D. La.). The lawsuit appears to fit the mold of the U.S....

Gulf Oil Claims Facility Payouts Total $1.7 Billion To Date

MIAMI BEACH -- The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) has received just shy of 350,000 emergency claims and paid out about $1.7 billion on just under 100,000 of them as of Nov. 5, according to Michael Rozen of Feinberg Rozen LLP in New York. Rozen is the law partner of GCCF Administrator Kenneth...

Halliburton Agrees To Pay $1.1 Billion To Resolve Most Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (HESI), the company that was responsible for cement work for the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, on Sept. 2 filed an agreement in Louisiana federal court under which it will pay approximately $1.1 billion to resolve claims for...

Case of the Week: The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Oil Spill

Nearly 4 ½ years after the oil well beneath the "Deepwater Horizon” rig blew out and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, legal news surrounding the disaster again made headlines last week. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. announced an agreement...

BP Agrees To Pay $18.7 Billion To Resolve Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) BP Exploration & Production Inc. will pay $18.7 billion over the course of 18 years to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) and natural resource damages claims from the federal government and states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas stemming from...