Category: Legal issues

Hearing starts in ex-BP engineer obstruction case

Attorneys for a BP engineer found guilty of obstructing an investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill wants his conviction thrown out, saying the jury forewoman heard statements outside of the trial that influenced the panel’s decision.  More »

Akin Gump and Simpson Thacher hire energy partners from competitors

By Mark Curriden Texas Lawbook It pays off for lawyers to be professional with the counsel across the table in a big transaction. Two major law firms – Simpson Thacher & Barlett and Akin Gump – said Monday they are expanding their corporate energy practices in Houston by hiring partners from competitor law firms. In […]  More »

Does a 1,000-mile, international pipeline need a permit?

Enbridge insists its planned $7 billion pipeline doesn’t require a presidential permit. But the reality may be less clear.  More »

US Supreme Court seeks middle ground on shareholder suits

Hearing arguments Wednesday in Washington, the justices considered a bid by Halliburton Co. to overturn a 1988 decision that forms the legal basis for 80 percent of the group securities suits filed each year.  More »

Texas pipeline company wins $319M in legal dispute

After a day and a half of deliberation, a 12-person jury has found that Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners were in a partnership in 2011 during their proposed joint venture to construct a crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast.  More »

Chevron wins US ruling calling Ecuador judgment fraud

Chevron Corp. won a U.S. judge’s ruling that a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment issued in Ecuador was procured by fraud, making it less likely that plaintiffs will collect the $9.5 billion award.  More »

Jury to weigh billion-dollar pipeline case

A dozen jurors start Monday deliberating the billion-dollar dispute among three giant oil and gas companies over a joint effort to build a pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast.  More »

Battle shaping up over ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit bill

Supporters of a south Louisiana flood control board’s lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands announced plans Thursday to fight legislation they say could undermine not only the lawsuit but the political independence of the board.  More »

Exxon CEO’s lawsuit against water tower fuels public outrage (video)

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is at the center of a media firestorm over a lawsuit protesting a water tower near his $5 million horse ranch north of Dallas.  More »

Feds ask judge to streamline BP trial penalty proceedings, order oil spill harmful

U.S. authorities asked a federal judge Thursday to streamline the “penalty phase” of the BP oil spill trial by ordering that the 2010 disaster caused serious harm to the environment, residents and businesses around the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Judge’s ruling gives Obama an out on Keystone XL

A Nebraska judge’s decision throwing out the Keystone XL pipeline route in the state may push President Barack Obama’s final decision on the contested project until after the midterm congressional elections.  More »

BP to meet with feds on parameters of oil spill penalty trials

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered BP and U.S. attorneys to meet next month to discuss how the “penalty phase” in BP’s oil spill trial will proceed.  More »
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