Category: Legal issues

Feds seek stay in lawsuit over Arkansas oil spill

Federal prosecutors in Arkansas asked a judge on Wednesday to stay proceedings in their lawsuit against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. because of the federal government shutdown.  More »

Jurors to start deliberations Tuesday in BP refinery case

Jurors should set an example for other companies that put profit ahead of safety by punishing BP with a multibillion dollar fine for spewing toxic gases from its former Texas City refinery, an attorney said Monday at the end of a month-long trial.  More »

Chevron’s Ecuador case to be heard by judge, not jury

Chevron Corp. won a request to have a judge rather than a jury decide its case over alleged fraud in an Ecuadorian pollution verdict.  More »

Live: BP battles government over size of Gulf spill

Follow the courtroom play-by-play as oil giant BP faces a fine of up to $18 billion for unleashing the worst offshore oil spill in U.S history.  More »

BP trial to focus on scientists’ spill estimates

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear three weeks of testimony from dueling experts to help him calculate how much oil spilled into the Gulf — a key factor in determining how much more money BP and its contractors owe for their roles in the deadly disaster.  More »

Appeals court hands BP a win in settlement dispute

A ruling by a divided three-judge panel threw out U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s rulings on the dispute between BP and attorneys who brokered the multibillion-dollar settlement .  More »

Exxon Mobil sues FX Networks over logo

Exxon Mobil Corp. sued FX Networks LLC and its studio affiliates to block their use of a logo the oil company says infringes on its interlocking XX logo.  More »

BP executive: Well could have been sealed sooner

A BP executive who led the company’s efforts to end its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says its blown-out well could have been sealed sooner if a capping device had been built before the April 2010 catastrophe.  More »

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 »
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