Category: Legal issues

Oil spill legal worries still haunt BP investors

Even though BP has sold off $40 billion in assets — mostly for liquidity to pay for oil spill costs — the resumption of a civil trial in New Orleans has stirred up renewed investor anxiety about the possibility of $18 billion in pollution fines.  More »

As Bakken booms, drug arrests spike

Authorities have released mugshots of twelve people indicted on federal charges alleging they were involved in a ring that distributed methamphetamine in the Bakken oil patch along the North Dakota border  More »

Judge won’t dismiss ex-BP engineer’s indictment

A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss obstruction-of-justice charges against a former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Jury absolves BP in gas leak trial

A massive release of noxious gas from a former BP refinery in Texas City caused no harm or nuisance to three people who lived nearby, a Galveston County jury said Tuesday.  More »

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 »
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