Category: Legal issues

Spill claims boss says he’s closely following BP settlement rules

The Louisiana claims administrator that BP says is too loose with its oil spill settlement money has struck back.  More »

Judge dismisses Nebraska’s EPA lawsuit

Nebraska’s attorney general filed the lawsuit in January, saying “the impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska.”  More »

New Louisiana law can’t stop ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit

A state judge in Baton Rouge ruled Monday that Louisiana’s Legislature missed its mark when it passed a bill seeking to halt a south Louisiana flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal damage.  More »

Q&A: Companies take steps to avoid greasing palms in oil search

Energy companies are a particularly vulnerable to investigations under U.S. anti-bribery laws because they often operate in remote countries with histories of corruption, says George Terwilliger, a former deputy U.S. attorney general who now works at a private law firm.  More »

BP swipe at “reckless” ruling hinges on challenge to Halliburton expert

BP’s attempt to unravel a verdict that its recklessness caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill hinges on its legal and scientific challenge to the testimony of one expert and its bid to cast more blame for the disaster on cement contractor Halliburton.  More »

Dune Energy investor challenges buyout deal

A shareholder of Dune Energy is trying to stop a $21.9 million outside bid to buy the small Houston oil producer even as it makes a deal with lenders to avert debt default while it consummates the deal.  More »

BP asks court to revise findings or grant new trial

BP wants a a federal judge to change his findings that it was reckless in the days before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill or grant it a new trial.  More »

U.S., U.K. securities suits against BP move forward

BP failed to persuade a Texas federal judge to dismiss several lawsuits brought by U.S. and U.K. institutional investors who claim the London oil company misled them about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  More »

Anadarko wants rehearing on oil spill fines

The Woodlands oil explorer wants to clear its name of oil spill penalties stemming from its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.  More »

Lawsuit: Siemens $6.5B price for Dresser-Rand too low

A shareholder of Dresser-Rand Group says in a lawsuit the Houston compressor and turbine maker is worth more than the $6.5 billion that Siemens AG is planning to pay for it.  More »

Black Elk execs depart, start new firm

The man who founded and led Black Elk Energy, a Houston firm battered by a fatal 2012 explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, left the company a few weeks ago to try his hand at pumping oil on dry land.  More »

In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for Indonesian villagers

Last year, a Supreme Court decision over foreign human rights abuse victims seeking damages in American courts left a small window open for some hoping for restitution.  More »
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