Category: Gulf oil spill

Judge rejects BP request to block payment on some Gulf spill claims

A federal judge Friday threw out BP’s request for an injunction to block payment of what BP alleges are fictitious business economic loss claims by plaintiffs who weren’t harmed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Texas lawyer used forged signature in Gulf spill case, judge rules

A federal judge scolded a Texas lawyer in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill case, ruling Friday the attorney used a contract with a forged signature to assert that he represented a fisherman and was entitled to a cut of that man’s share of last year’s multibillion settlement with BP.  More »

Gulf spill judge troubled by Halliburton’s trial conduct

The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Thursday he is “troubled” by Halliburton’s “pattern” of conduct in not turning over documents, test results and other materials related to the cement that was used on the ill-fated well project.  More »

Lawyer enters not guilty plea for former BP engineer in Gulf spill case

A lawyer for a former BP engineer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Judge frees Cameron from liability in Gulf spill trial

The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Wednesday threw out remaining claims against blowout preventer maker Cameron and issued findings that could have implications on the liability of other defendants in the case.  More »

Dolphin deaths still high after Gulf oil spill, environmentalists say

Dolphin deaths and sea turtle strandings in the waters affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill continue to occur at elevated rates nearly three years after the disaster, the National Wildlife Federation said in a new report Tuesday.  More »

Halliburton worker testifies at Gulf spill trial

Halliburton employee Jesse Gagliano, a witness for his employer at a trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, said he didn’t believe the oil giant’s employees were risking workers’ safety when they didn’t follow his recommendations.  More »

Federal judge rules against Transocean in spill subpoena challenge

A federal court on Monday rejected Transocean’s request to dismiss subpoenas for records tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Gulf spill claims administrator says BP complaint lacks merit

The claims administrator overseeing the multi-billion dollar settlement reached last year between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says BP’s complaint that he is violating the terms of the deal should be thrown out because he has immunity from being sued and he is simply following court directives.  More »

Ex-BP engineer can skip Gulf spill arraignment

A former BP engineer from Katy, Texas has filed a notice of his intent to plead not guilty to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and a judge has granted him permission not to show up at his scheduled arraignment this week.  More »

BP ignored Halliburton’s risk warning, witness says

A Halliburton engineer says he advised BP that the well had a “severe risk” of natural gas leaks with only six stabilizers.  More »

Transocean witness says rig was well-maintained

A Transocean executive disputed testimony from a witness who claimed the company maintained the rig in a grossly negligent manner.  More »

Halliburton calls BP’s sanctions request a ‘sideshow’ in Gulf spill trial

Halliburton asked a federal judge Tuesday to throw out BP’s request for sanctions in the Gulf oil spill trial in a dispute over key evidence in the case, saying the cement contractor has not violated any court order.  More »

BP America chief to meet with workers to hear challenges they face

The new head of BP’s U.S. operations plans to visit employees to hear any challenges they face in their work as the British oil giant looks to overcome ongoing legal challenges and tries to grow its global portfolio following significant divestitures that were done to cover its Gulf oil spill liabilities.  More »

Alabama attorney general blasts BP for challenging Gulf oil spill claims

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is blasting British oil giant BP for challenging certain claims that could cost it billions of dollars as part of a class-action settlement the company agreed to last year with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »