Category: Legal issues

China fires official in oil giant corruption probe

The head of the commission that oversees China’s major state-owned companies was fired Tuesday in a spreading corruption investigation that appears to be an effort by the country’s new leaders to tighten control over government industries.  More »

JPMorgan energy probe records sought by Senate

Lawmakers are examining banks’ roles in commodities markets.  More »

Judge rejects BP’s latest request to halt oil spill payments

A federal judge Wednesday denied BP’s latest request for an injunction to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Seven people charged with filing false oil spill claims

Federal prosecutors are charging seven people with mail fraud and false claims related to the BP oil spill.  More »

Judge to wait for appeals court ruling before addressing motions in Gulf spill case

A federal judge said Wednesday he will wait for guidance from a federal appeals court before addressing further motions in the case of a former BP executive charged with obstruction of Congress in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Miss. women say gasoline fumes harmed children

Texaco Inc. has settled a lawsuit with five women who alleged the oil company was responsible for ailments of children born after they were exposed to leaded gasoline fumes.  More »

TransCanada wins right to build Keystone XL through Texas family farm

TransCanada Corp. won a state appeals court ruling allowing it to lay the Keystone XL pipeline across a family farm in northeastern Texas, eliminating one of the last obstacles to completion of the southern leg of the Canadian tar-sands line.  More »

Victims’ attorneys attack BP’s effort to block spill payments

Attorneys for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say BP’s latest effort to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar class action settlement should be denied because the company has failed to present any evidence that any claim has been improperly calculated or paid.  More »

Exxon Mobil agrees to $2.4M in fines, improvements

Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million in fines, improvements and other payments to settle violations at Baton Rouge-area plants.  More »

Coastal group asks levee board to drop suit

The state’s coastal restoration authority voted Wednesday to ask a New Orleans-area flood control board to drop its lawsuit seeking damages from nearly 100 oil and gas companies over coastal erosion allegedly caused by dredging and digging for canals and pipelines.  More »

FBI taking a role in JPMorgan Energy probe

The inquiry focuses on conduct at issue in the bank’s $410 million civil settlement last month with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  More »

Pollution lawsuit against Pa. plant is revived

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday against a western Pennsylvania power plant, ruling that two women who live nearby can sue over alleged fly ash pollution even though the plant meets state and federal air pollution standards.  More »