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Insurance and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

By Michael Kotula , Partner, Rivkin Radler, LLP. The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon platform and rupture of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and the ensuing oil spill, is likely to result in significant liability exposures for a number of companies. Here is what is currently known about the...

EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Since the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, 2010, EPA has mobilized resources to support the U.S. Coast Guard and protect public health and the environment. Our Emergency Operations Center at headquarters has been activated, trained EPA responders are working on the scene, and special mobile...

Oil Spill Likely to Lead to Future Workers’ Compensation Claims

On April 20, 2010, Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, leading to 1.3 million gallons of crude oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico per day. By comparison, the Exxon/Valdez spill, which has long been considered the worst environmental disaster in American history, only consisted...

Emerging Legal and Insurance Issues from the Gulf Oil Spill

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 well...

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...

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...

Judge: 1st Gulf Oil Spill Trial Could Start Next June

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A judge presiding over more than 300 lawsuits arising from the Gulf Coast oil spill says the first federal trial involving damage claims could be held next summer. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says the first "test trial" for claims filed against energy giant BP PLC. ...

BP Waives $75M Cap For Some Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP PLC informed a federal judge Monday that the company is waiving a $75 million cap on its liability for certain economic damage claims spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill. In a court filing, BP lawyers said the company is waiving the statutory limitation on liability. . . . Full...

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Gulf Oil Spill Damages

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The Justice Department sued BP and several other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Wednesday, an opening salvo in the government's effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage . The government accuses the companies of disregarding federal...

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Oil Spill Damages

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A powerful plaintiff has joined the hundreds of people and businesses suing BP and other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill: the Justice Department. The government, in an opening salvo in its effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage, accuses...

Dispersants used in Deepwater Horizon oil spill persisted longer than anticipated

Nearly 771 thousand gallons of chemical dispersants were injected into the oil and gas emitted by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Based on prior research, it was anticipated that the dispersants would biodegrade with modest rapidity. Instead, researchers found that the dispersants, which were studied...

U.S. Judge: Oil Spill Claims Czar Feinberg Not Independent Of BP

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for Gulf oil spill victims is not independent from BP and must stop telling potential claimants that he is, a federal judge said in a ruling Wednesday that may spur more people to sue rather than settle. U.S. District Judge Carl...

U.S. To Gulf Oil Spill Claims Czar: Loosen Purse Strings On Fund

ATLANTA - (AP) The job of the administrator of the $20 billion fund for Gulf oil spill victims is not to preserve money or return it to BP, and he should loosen the purse strings to help people still suffering from last year's disaster, the Justice Department said Friday. In a letter. . . . Full...

Feinberg Calls His Oil Spill Claims Work 'Unparalleled'

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The administrator in charge of Gulf oil spill claims argues in a court filing posted Tuesday that the openness of the process has been "nothing short of extraordinary" and his efforts to compensate victims have exceeded what is required by federal law. The paperwork filed...

BP, Others Ask Judge To Dismiss Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP and other companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to dismiss many of the claims filed by businesses and people who say they have been harmed by the disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set Monday as a deadline for BP, Transocean. . . . Full...

Winston & Strawn Update: Legislative Developments In Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

By Bryant Gardner, Partner, Winston & Strawn This article focuses on those provisions of the Congressional proposals which, if passed, are likely to most directly affect the maritime industry, leaving aside, for the time being, the proposals to restructure the Minerals Management Service and...

Federal Board Questions Gulf Oil Rig Blowout Preventer's Design

METAIRIE, La. - (AP) A senior official for the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's Gulf oil spill said Friday the device hadn't been tested to see if it could cut through a bent drill pipe. The firm hired by the government to examine the 300-ton device. . . . Full version...

BP PLC and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC Reach $1.06 Billion Settlement over Deepwater Horizon Explosion

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC and affiliates Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. and MOEX USA Corp., which had a 10 percent interest in the Macondo Well where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was drilling, announced May 20 that they had reached an agreement in which MOEX USA will...

Legal News Podcast - BP Agrees to $ 1 Billion Settlement With Lessee in Gulf Oil Spill Disaster - Plus More Gulf Oil Spill Resources

A Macondo well lessee agrees to a $1 billion settlement with BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and, a $212 million settlement is reached with two Madoff feeder funds. Hear these and other stories from LexisNexis® Mealey's Publications. Copyright© 2011 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier...

Coast Guard stumbles as it tries to preempt Massachusetts state law

The Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act (OSPA) was enacted following an oil spill in Buzzards Bay. [As the appellate court notes, Buzzards Bay is a scenically beautiful body of water. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buzzards_Bay_map.png.] OSPA requires a tugboat escort for all tank vessels...

Judge Won't Let Sierra Club Join Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A federal magistrate judge won't allow the Sierra Club to join a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP and other companies over last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Judge Sally Shushan said in her order Tuesday that the environmental group can file...

BP Says It Wants To End Future Loss Claims For Gulf Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP is arguing that victims of last year's Gulf oil spill should not be paid any more claims for future losses because the areas affected by the spill have recovered and the economy is improving. The British oil company makes its case in a 29-page document filed. . . . Full version...

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...

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ruling: BP and Andarko Are Responsible Parties and Liable For Civil Penalties 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...