Category: Legal issues

US judge OKs class action in royalties suits

A federal judge has certified a handful of class-action lawsuits accusing two energy companies of cheating southwest Virginia residents out of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their land.  More »

Transocean engineer: BP abandoned well-capping plan with no explanation

Three years ago, Turlak had been part of a well control team assigned to work on a well-capping method that would place a blowout preventer on another blowout preventer, which Turlak said he regarded as a safe method.  More »

Brazil judge dismisses case against Chevron, Transocean

A federal court official in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday said that judge Raffaele Felice Pirro decided to dismiss the case on Friday after Chevron agreed to pay the equivalent of about $150 million in “compensatory activities.”  More »

Spill case turns to how much oil reached Gulf

BP and the U.S. government, having shifted their positions several times about the amount of oil that flowed from a runaway Gulf of Mexico well in 2010, pivot back to court this week, with both sides hoping to convince a judge they now have the number right.  More »

Live: Battle resumes over Gulf oil spill’s size; BP faces up to $18B fine

The legal battle over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history has resumed, as BP tries to argue its way out of a fine that could soar to $18 billion for unleashing millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Follow live coverage from inside the courtroom.  More »

Greenpeace to appeal activists’ jailing in Russia

Greenpeace said Friday it will appeal the Russian court rulings that sent its activists to jail for a protest at an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic.  More »

Guest commentary: US spying may complicate compliance with laws on foreign bribery

Houston attorney Thomas Fox says revelations about U.S. spying abroad could sour other nations to cooperating with bribery prosecutions that the U.S. has leveled against the energy industry and other businesses in recent years.  More »

Exxon to offer benefits to same-sex couples in US

Exxon says it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. for the first time as of Oct. 1  More »

International law firm opening energy-focused office in Houston

Dentons, an international law firm formed in March 2013 through a three-firm merger, is opening a Houston office in October.  More »

Seven plead guilty in Gulf oil spill settlement fraud

Seven people have pleaded guilty to stealing money from an oil spill settlement fund, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Monday.  More »

BP renews request to halt Gulf oil spill settlement payments

BP renewed its request Monday that a federal judge temporarily suspend all payments from its multi-billion dollar Gulf oil spill settlement.  More »

Halliburton faces judgment day in Gulf oil spill

The oil field services company’s day of reckoning finally comes Thursday, not for conduct leading up to the disaster but rather what it did afterward: destroying what the government regarded as evidence.  More »