Category: Legal issues

Phillips 66 says court supports Sweeny takeover from PDVSA

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of Arbitration last month upheld Phillips 66’s right to exercise a call option in 2009 and assume PDVSA’s interest in Merey Sweeny LP, Rich Johnson, a spokesman for the Houston-based refiner, said in an e-mail Wednesay.  More »

BP asks Supreme Court to keep hold on spill payments in place

A federal judge on Wednesday lifted a hold on BP’s oil spill settlement payments to businesses who say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the economy and inflicted big financial losses.  More »

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]  More »

Anadarko’s $5 billion pollution settlement wins approval

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s agreement to pay $5.15 billion for pollution cleanup across the U.S. was approved over objections from people who said their illnesses won’t be properly compensated.  More »

BP loses bid to halt oil spill payments during high court review

BP can’t delay writing checks for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review disputed payments in its $9.2 billion accord over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Q&A: Energy boom means plenty of work for lawyers

Jason Leif, a partner in the Houston office of the Jones Day law firm, was elected recently as president of the Energy Bar Association. He discussed the legal side of energy with FuelFix.  More »

Judge rejects creditors’ bid to send bankruptcy case to Texas

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the bankrupt Texas power provider, will restructure $40 billion in debt in a Delaware court, a federal judge ruled, rejecting a request by creditors to transfer the case to Dallas, where the company is based.  More »

BP asks appeals court to keep blocking payouts to businesses

BP asked a federal appeals court late Wednesday not to issue a mandate that could unravel a court order that has halted payments to businesses in its $9.2 billion oil spill settlement.  More »

BP investors win bid to form class in oil spill lawsuit

Some BP investors can form a class to sue the company over allegations it misled shareholders on how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday.  More »

BP will take Gulf spill settlement fight to Supreme Court

BP said Wednesday it will take the courtroom fight over its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement to the Supreme Court.  More »

First Solar joins developers saying dumping probe flawed

First Solar Inc., one of the largest suppliers of photovoltaic panels to India, challenged in court the findings of a government probe that said U.S. and Asian suppliers dumped products in the local market.  More »

Supreme Court may be BP’s only recourse in oil spill fight, legal experts say

In the wake of a courtroom defeat this week, BP’s top brass is still mulling over whether to take the company’s legal fight over its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement to the Supreme Court. But the high court likely will not take up the case even if the London oil company requests its judgment, legal experts said Tuesday.  More »

Houston company ordered to pay fired welder in discrimination suit

A Houston federal court jury awarded $3 million to an African-American welder who said he was fired after complaining of racial discrimination at National Oilwell Varco.  More »

US energy firms among alleged targets in China hacking charges

The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.  More »

In Exxon reptile win, scales of justice tip on gator genealogy

Exxon Mobil Corp. isn’t responsible for alligators overrunning a rural dump site it owns in Mississippi, the state supreme court ruled, because the global oil explorer can’t control wild animals.  More »