Cal Dive files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The Houston firm said this week it is set to sell off its least important assets and plans to either reorganize or sell its main subsea contracting business, which helps oil companies maintain offshore production platforms and pipelines.

Lawsuit alleges Exxon denied more claims than paid

Two batches of bad fuel produced at Exxon Mobil in mid-March 2014 caused some Baton Rouge area drivers to experience problems with their intake and valve systems.
The former Exxon Mobil-owned Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J. ConocoPhillips now operates the plant. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Exxon Mobil settles New Jersey environmental case for a fraction of expected damages

The New Jersey State Department of Environemntal Protection filed the lawsuit in 2004, and a state superior judge had been close to a decision this year before Gov. Chris Christie’s office told the court on Feb. 20 it had settled with Exxon.
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Flood board to decide next week on ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit appeal

U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.
Indian police in civil clothing escort two alleged suspects, center and center right, who are among the seven persons in an oil espionage case, to a police van to be produced in a court from the Delhi Crime Branch unit, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Police have arrested seven people for allegedly stealing classified documents from the Indian government and selling them to energy companies, a top police officer said Friday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India: 7 arrested for stealing, leaking energy documents

The men were caught leaving the ministry building Tuesday after authorities acted on a tip that some individuals were stealing and leaking documents from the ministry.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.
Former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon (Gary Fountain/Houston Chronicle)

Chesapeake Energy sues founder, former CEO McClendon

The lawsuit alleges McClendon took “confidential information and trade secrets from Chesapeake.”
(Ty Wright/Bloomberg file)

Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate drilling

The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a state law that gives Ohio “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the location of wells.
Michael Schonberg, partner at Thompson&  Knight.

Commentary: Key energy industry lessons in billion-dollar trade secret case

The year’s biggest news in oil and gas litigation came last week when Fort Worth-based Moncrief Oil International voluntarily abandoned a billion-dollar trade secret lawsuit in the middle of trial against Russian energy giant OAO Gazprom, says one Texas energy attorney.
(Bloomberg Photo/Scott Dalton)

TransCanada suspends efforts to seize Nebraska land for Keystone

A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping TransCanada from invoking eminent domain along the proposed Keystone Pipeline route in northern Nebraska.