Category: Legal issues

Live: Battle resumes over Gulf oil spill’s size; BP faces up to $18B fine

The legal battle over the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history has resumed, as BP tries to argue its way out of a fine that could soar to $18 billion for unleashing millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Follow live coverage from inside the courtroom.  More »

Greenpeace to appeal activists’ jailing in Russia

Greenpeace said Friday it will appeal the Russian court rulings that sent its activists to jail for a protest at an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic.  More »

Guest commentary: US spying may complicate compliance with laws on foreign bribery

Houston attorney Thomas Fox says revelations about U.S. spying abroad could sour other nations to cooperating with bribery prosecutions that the U.S. has leveled against the energy industry and other businesses in recent years.  More »

Exxon to offer benefits to same-sex couples in US

Exxon says it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. for the first time as of Oct. 1  More »

International law firm opening energy-focused office in Houston

Dentons, an international law firm formed in March 2013 through a three-firm merger, is opening a Houston office in October.  More »

Seven plead guilty in Gulf oil spill settlement fraud

Seven people have pleaded guilty to stealing money from an oil spill settlement fund, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Monday.  More »

BP renews request to halt Gulf oil spill settlement payments

BP renewed its request Monday that a federal judge temporarily suspend all payments from its multi-billion dollar Gulf oil spill settlement.  More »

Halliburton faces judgment day in Gulf oil spill

The oil field services company’s day of reckoning finally comes Thursday, not for conduct leading up to the disaster but rather what it did afterward: destroying what the government regarded as evidence.  More »

BP poisoned neighbors in toxin release, Texas jury told

BP Plc (BP/) deliberately exposed neighbors of a Texas refinery to tons of cancer-causing gases for weeks without warning in 2010, a lawyer told a Texas jury.  More »

Pennsylvania files criminal charges against XTO Energy

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against XTO Energy, Inc. over a 2010 spill of natural gas drilling wastewater in Lycoming County.  More »

Feds oppose bid to delay BP rig supervisors’ trial

Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to reject a request to postpone the manslaughter trial of two BP supervisors who worked on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

Report: China takes passports from oil managers

Executives of Chinese oil giant PetroChina Ltd. have been told to hand in their passports as an anti-corruption investigation of the industry spreads, a newspaper said Tuesday.  More »
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