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Mississippi Supreme Court Stays Proceedings In Record-Setting Asbestos Case

JACKSON, Miss. - (Mealey's) The Mississippi Supreme Court on July 13 stayed all proceedings in an asbestos case that resulted in a record-setting $322 million award until it can resolve a petition seeking to disqualify the trial judge for allegedly failing to disclose that his father filed two similar...

Judge Tosses RICO Claims Against BP For Oil Spill

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal judge on Friday threw out racketeering claims by the lead plaintiffs suing BP over last year's oil spill, and he gave the company another win by setting aside claims filed by one of BP's partners in the well project that resulted in the disaster. Gulf residents. . . ...

Second Lawsuit Against Kenneth R. Feinberg, Feinberg Rozen LLP And Gulf Coast Claims Facility Removed To Federal Court

Complaint Alleges Gross Negligence, Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement and Unjust Enrichment FORT MYERS, Fla. - A second lawsuit against Kenneth R. Feinberg, Feinberg Rozen LLP and Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) was removed from state court to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida...

AP Impact: Gulf Oil Industry-Government Ties Persist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Ties between offshore oil and gas companies and the agency that regulates them persist, nearly a year after the Obama administration announced an overhaul of ethics rules to deter such cozy relationships, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. About 1 of every 5 employees...

Special Master Sought To Oversee Gulf Oil Spill Claims

(AP) The lead attorneys for people and businesses suing BP over last year's Gulf oil spill want a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the claims process. They said in court papers Monday that administrator Kenneth Feinberg has been too slow to process interim payments. . . . Full...

Gulf deadzone "only" 6,800 square miles this year

Prior blogs have described both the size, nature, and cause of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, a subsea region where the water contains too little oxygen to support life. In June of 2011, researchers predicted that the annual dead zone might be the biggest ever (9,500 sq.mls.). Owing to the fortuitous...

New Evidence Cites More BP Oil Spill Mistakes

A BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for as long as a year, according to interviews and documents. . . . Full story available...

Federal Report Highlights Need To Clean Gulf Coast

HOUSTON - (AP) Five coastal states are determined to clean up the damaged Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after last year's oil spill highlighted how decades of contamination and deterioration had placed a backbone of the U.S. economy at risk of ruin, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The...

Company Agrees To Pay BP LLC $4 Billion To Settle Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP LLC announced Oct. 17 that it has reached a $4 billion settlement agreement with a company that held a 25 percent interest in the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill ( In re: Oil Spill By The Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"...

The Supremes Consider OCSLA

Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C., Houston, Texas, addresses a case on the Supreme Court's upcoming docket that directly addresses concerns of the Longshore community: Valladolid v. Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP , 604 F.3d 1126 , 44 BRBS 35(CRT) (9th Cir. 2010), cert. granted...

The Supremes Consider OCSLA

Thomas C. Fitzhugh, III, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C., Houston, Texas, addresses a case on the Supreme Court's upcoming docket that directly addresses concerns of the Longshore community: Valladolid v. Pacific Operations Offshore, LLP , 604 F.3d 1126 , 44 BRBS 35(CRT) (9th Cir. 2010), cert. granted...

Well Investor Agrees To Pay $90 Million To Resolve Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to pay $90 million to resolve liability and pay civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to settle claims asserted against it by the government and five states over the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill...

Oil Spill MDL Judge: BP, Andarko Liable Under Clean Water Act

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico held Feb. 22 that BP PLC and Andarko Petroleum Co. are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA...

Civil Trial Over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Delayed A Week

NEW ORLEANS - In a joint statement, BP and the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) confirmed that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Feb. 26 adjourned the start of the Deepwater Horizon Multi-District Litigation 2179 civil trial by one week, until Monday, March 5 (...

BP Announces Preliminary $7.8 Billion Settlement With Plaintiffs Over Gulf Oil Spill

Estimated $7.8B settlement expected to be paid from $20 billion Trust BP has reached a settlement with the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC), subject to final written agreement, to resolve the substantial majority of legitimate economic loss and medical claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon...

BP, Plaintiffs Agree To $7.8 Billion Settlement Of Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached an agreement on March 2 wherein the company would pay $7.8 billion to resolve...

BP Announces $7.8 Billion Settlement Of Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached an agreement on March 2 wherein the company would pay $7.8 billion to resolve...

Parties File Joint Motion To Certify Settlement Class In FEMA Trailer Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The parties to the multidistrict Federal Emergency Management Agency formaldehyde trailer litigation consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana filed a joint motion April 13 for certification of a settlement class and for preliminary approval...

Gulf Oil Spill Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Announces Finalized Settlement With BP

Joint Motions Seek Preliminary Court Approval NEW ORLEANS -- The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) leading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill announced April 18 that it has finalized its settlement with BP. The PSC has filed for Class certification, and the Parties have...

Former BP Engineer Arrested For Obstructing Justice In Oil Spill Investigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice on April 24 announced that a former engineer for BP PLC was arrested for two counts of obstructing justice in the criminal investigation of the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico for deleting text...

Judge Gives Preliminary Approval Of Settlement Of Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gave preliminary approval for two separate class settlement agreements May 2, one resolving certain...

US: Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Spar is Not a “Vessel”; Jones Act Claim Fails

A worker employed on “the Mad Dog,” an oil and gas spar platform in the Gulf of Mexico on the Outer Continental Shelf and injured when he was testing one of the Mad Dog’s lifeboats was not a “seaman” under the Jones Act and his Jones Act claim could not proceed, held a federal...

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...