Category: Legal issues

Pemex loses bid to recover stolen gas proceeds from Shell, BASF

A Houston federal judge threw out the claims last year after finding Mexico’s national oil company waited too long to pursue U.S. buyers of its stolen natural gas liquids.  More »

New Jersey officially announces $225 million Exxon Mobil settlement

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said the settlement over refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne is separate from Exxon Mobil’s obligation to clean up the sites at its own expense.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

Chesapeake Energy sues founder, former CEO McClendon

The lawsuit alleges McClendon took “confidential information and trade secrets from Chesapeake.”  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

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.  More »

Steelworkers strike extends to BP plants outside Texas

The United Steelworkers union is broadening its nationwide walkout to include two more refineries. Early Sunday, the union is planning to go on strike against two BP facilities in the Midwest, union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock confirmed. That will bring the total number of plants on strike to 11, after union members walked out of nine facilities, including […]  More »

Brazil makes third round of searches and arrests in Petrobras kickback scheme

Those involved may be charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and criminal associations, police said.  More »

Lucas Energy defaults on debt, weighs sale or outside investment

The company’s debt default comes after oil prices have been cut in half since their 2014 peak in June.  More »
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