Category: Legal issues

Repsol to begin talks with Argentina over YPF settlement

In a meeting Wednesday , board members “analyzed and valued positively” a proposal brokered by the governments of Spain and Argentina, the Madrid-based oil company said in a filing.  More »

Russia: Last Greenpeace detainee granted bail

A Russian court has granted bail to the last of 30 Greenpeace activists who were detained at sea during a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.  More »

Weatherford to pay $253M to settle bribe case

The oilfield services company Weatherford International has agreed to pay more than $250 million to settle federal charges that it bribed officials in the Middle East and Africa to win business.  More »

Nearly all jailed Greenpeace protesters granted bail in Russia

A Russian jail has freed on bail the U.S. captain of a Greenpeace ship and six crewmembers who were arrested following an anti-oil drilling protest in Arctic waters two months ago.  More »

Chevron adversary says ‘juicy check’ for fees was a joke

A Manhattan lawyer who’s spent his career battling Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuadorsaid he may collect as much $600 million in fees if his court victory in the South American nation is enforced.  More »

Chevron adversary to deny Ecuador fraud in testimony

A Manhattan lawyer who’s spent his career battling Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador is set to defend the tactics he used to win a multibillion-dollar judgment against the company before a federal judge.  More »

Oil and gas ban spurs lawsuit in New Mexico county

A decision by one northern New Mexico county to prohibit oil and natural gas development has prompted a statewide industry group and three landowners to challenge the ban in federal court.  More »

Jury returns $20.2M verdict in pipe welder’s death

A Harris County jury handed down a $20.2 million verdict against a company it found negligence in a deadly blast at its Channelview plant in 2012.  More »

Guest Commentary: New wells, old lease

Deep-formation drillers buying up rights in the Eagle Ford shale area, the Permian Basin and elsewhere need to legally protect themselves from contract-ending lease inactivity if they have to wait for the equipment and personnel to be gathered to do their work.  More »

Crude traders sticking with Brent amid manipulation claims

Four energy traders claim in a lawsuit that some of the world’s biggest oil companies conspired with Morgan Stanley and energy traders such as Vitol Group to fix spot prices for Brent for more than a decade.  More »

Oil industry may invoke trade law to challenge export restrictions

The U.S. oil industry, riding a domestic energy boom, is preparing to challenge restrictions on crude exports, possibly by arguing that limits designed to keep petroleum in America may violate international trade rules.  More »

Southern Union must pay for RI environmental projects

U.S. District Judge Williams Smith was forced to resentence Southern Union Co. after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down his original penalty of $18 million.  More »

Ecuador lawsuit backer tells Chevron judge he advised settling

A lawyer who helped fund pollution litigation in Ecuador against Chevron Corp. that resulted in a $19 billion judgment told a New York judge he became concerned about how the case was being handled and recommended plaintiffs settle.  More »

Court hears arguments on BP oil spill settlement

A federal appeals court heard dueling arguments Monday on whether a judge should have approved BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

More mineral owners seek to join gas lawsuits

Lawyers say dozens of western North Dakota mineral owners have expressed interest in joining lawsuits seeking damages from oil drilling companies for natural gas that is lost when it is burned instead of being captured as a byproduct of oil production.  More »