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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. ...

'Oil In The Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage' Title Of Upcoming Seminars, HB Announces

BERWYN, Pa. — Legal and insurance conference provider HB Litigation Conferences is holding both a conference and teleconference to educate attorneys and insurers on the liabilities and risks associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, HB CEO Tom Hagy announced May 6. "With three...

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

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 left, sometimes with just a couple of sets of clothes...

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...

Gulf Coast Rental Property Owner Sues BP For Economic Losses From Gulf Oil Spill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The owner of a Gulf Coast vacation home has filed a class action lawsuit against BP, alleging economic losses caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and resulting oil spill ( Carden Simcox, et al. v. BP PLC, et al. , No. 3:10-cv-00514, M.D. Tenn. [Nashville]...

Transportation Authority Sues BP, Officers Over Pension Fund Losses

WILMINGTON, Del. - The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) on May 21 sued BP, its subsidiaries, its officers and its partners in the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling project for losses on BP stock in its pension fund since the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill after the rig's...

Alabama Beachfront Property Owners File Class Action Against BP

MOBILE, Ala. - Owners of beachfront and coastal property in Alabama on June 3 filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama here on behalf of themselves and others like them who have suffered damage to their property and its value caused by the Deepwater...

Where Does The BP Gulf Oil Spill Rank Among The World’s Worst?

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 from "very modest" to an "environmental...

Gulf Oil Spill Liability: Only Question Is How Much BP Will Pay

ATLANTA - The question is not if BP will pay for the Gulf oil spill, but how much, a defense attorney said Thursday at HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. Asked to give the defense perspective, Eric Lasker of Hollingsworth LLP in Washington...

JPMDL Hearing Set For Arguments On Where To Send Oil Spill Cases

ATLANTA - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) will hold a hearing July 28 in Boise, Idaho, to hear arguments on where to transfer the more than 140 cases related to the BP Gulf oil spill that have been filed in federal and state courts, a plaintiff attorney said Thursday at HB Litigation...

Panelist: 'Interesting, Creative' Insurance Battles Over Gulf Oil Spill Loom

ATLANTA - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could result in some "interesting and creative lawyering" in the insurance arena, an attorney on a four-member panel said June 25 on the last day of HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. ...

Thoughts From The HB Litigation Conference On BP Oil Spill, Developing Legal, Insurance Issues

By John L. Watkins, Shareholder, Chorey, Taylor & Feil Last week, courtesy of my friends at LEXIS, I attended the HB Litigation Conference in Atlanta on litigation and insurance coverage issues arising from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The presenters included extremely...

EPA Releases First Round Of Peer Review Toxicity Testing Data For 8 Oil Dispersants

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 use in the Gulf of Mexico continue to be grounded...

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...

Oil Spill Injury, Economic Damages Cases Consolidated In Louisiana Federal Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) decided Aug. 10 to consolidate hundreds of personal injury and economic damages claims related to the BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ( In re: Oil...

New Orleans Gets Oil Spill MDL; MDL Panel Transfers 77 Suits To Judge Barbier

Courtesy of HB Litigation Conference's Oil Spill Litigation & Insurance Coverage Report New Orleans as been selected as the site of the oil spill litigation, according to an order issued Aug. 10, 2010, by the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which transferred 77 lawsuits to the U.S. District...

Alabama Leaders Clash Over How To Proceed Against BP

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 Alabama, seeking to halt the defendants' behind...

BP Report Blames Numerous Parties, Factors For Gulf Oil Spill

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.com ), the company said: "No single factor...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Issues Protocol For Evidence Preservation

NEW ORLEANS - Since consolidation last month of the Gulf oil spill litigation into MDL 2179 in the Eastern District of Louisiana, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier has taken up several issues. At a status conference, Judge Barbier discussed removal and preservation of the Deepwater Horizon blowout...

Lake Pontchartrain Property Owner Seeks Damages From BP, Affiliates

NEW ORLEANS - A property owner along Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana on Aug. 17 sued BP, its affiliates and others involved in the drilling for damage to his land ( Russell Avocato v. BP, et al. , No. 2:10-cv-02770, E.D. La.). Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana...

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....

Houston Law Firm Files Mass Injury Lawsuit Against BP Over Texas City Benzene Release

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 Texas City refinery from April 6 through May...

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...