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Gulf Oil Spill Probe: Blowout Preventer Was Flawed

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The blowout preventer that should have stopped the BP oil spill cold failed because of faulty design and a bent piece of pipe, a testing firm hired by the government said Wednesday in a report that appears to shift some blame for the disaster away from the oil giant. . . . Full version...

AP Sources: Manslaughter Charge Explored In Gulf Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Manslaughter and perjury are among possible charges that Justice Department investigators are exploring in the early stages of their probe into the Gulf oil spill, people familiar with the inquiry said Tuesday. These people said the Justice Department is not ruling out the possibility...

Tests Performed On Gulf Oil Rig's Blowout Preventer Defended

METAIRIE, La. - (AP) An investigator who examined the safety device that failed to prevent last year's BP oil spill said Monday his firm did not skip critical tests under pressure to meet a deadline to file a report on what caused the contraption not to work. Neil Thompson, a Det Norske Veritas....

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...

Kin Of Oil Rig Worker Killed In Explosion Settle Legal Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago have settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. A New Orleans federal court filing Friday says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair Manuel had settled...

The Gulf Oil Spill: Where We Are One Year Later

NEW ORLEANS - One year ago on April 20, an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in a spill it took three months to stop. A year after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, many on the Gulf Coast still...

Day Of Remembrance: 1 Year After Gulf Oil Disaster

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Relatives flew over Gulf of Mexico waters on Wednesday where 11 oil rig workers died a year ago, residents gathered in quiet prayer vigils onshore and President Barack Obama vowed to hold BP and others accountable for "the painful losses that they've caused." Somber remembrances...

BP Sues Oil Rig Owner For $40B; Blames It For Gulf Disaster

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP on Wednesday sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year's calamitous Gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging that negligence by both helped cause the disaster. The British company said in papers filed in federal court in New Orleans. ...

BP, Gulf Oil Spill Partners File Lawsuits Against Each Other

MIAMI - (AP) After being hammered for a year over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP is going on the offensive with multibillion-dollar lawsuits seeking to shift at least part of the blame to those who owned the ill-fated rig or designed a failed safety device or supplied cement. . . . Full version available...

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...

BP Gets $1 Billion Settlement From Gulf Well Partner

LONDON - (AP) BP has struck a deal to receive around $1 billion from one of its minority partners in the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, raising hopes it will successfully pursue other companies involved and reduce its bill for the disaster. BP PLC said Thursday that MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC. . . . Full...

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...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Dismisses Environmental Claims For Injunctive Relief

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge presiding over cases stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on June 16 dismissed claims seeking injunctive relief against BP Plc. and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. for alleged...

Oil Field Service Company Settles Claims Related To Oil Spill Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Weatherford International Ltd. announced June 20 that it has reached a $75 million agreement with BP LLC to settle any claims between the companies relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill ( In re: Oil Spill By The Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" In...

Transocean: BP Decisions Led To Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

ATLANTA - (AP) The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year largely blames oil giant BP for the disaster in an internal investigation report released Wednesday that bolsters the Swiss firm's arguments in the face of lawsuits and expected government fines. The report from Transocean...

BP: Don't Give Gulf Fail-Safe Device To Transocean

ATLANTA - (AP) BP and Transocean are at odds over who should get possession of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill investigation once additional testing is complete. Transocean, responsible for maintaining the blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's oil spill, argues...

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...

LexisNexis® Legal News Podcast for July 14, 2011 - Settlement Communications In BP Oil Spill MDL Cases To Remain Confidential

U.S. Judge Carl J. Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana says that settlement communications in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases are to remain confidential, and, a $3.5 million punitive damages award is vacated in an auto-worker's discrimination lawsuit. Hear these and other stories from...

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. . . ...

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...

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...

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean’s Guilty Plea; Company to Pay $400M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal judge in Louisiana has accepted Transocean Ltd.'s guilty plea today for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) over its conduct leading to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and that the company...

DOJ: Judge Accepts Transocean’s Guilty Plea; Company to Pay $400M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal judge in Louisiana has accepted Transocean Ltd.'s guilty plea for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) over its conduct leading to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and that the company will...

Louisiana Federal Judge Signs Consent Decree For Deepwater Horizon $1 Billion Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana who is overseeing litigation arising from the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 19 approved Transocean Deepwater Inc. and its affiliates' agreement to pay $1 billion...

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