Category: Legal issues

State coastal chief assails suit against oil, gas

A south Louisiana flood prevention board’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies is an assault on a vital job-producing industry and throws a monkey wrench into a coordinated state effort to save and restore Louisiana’s eroding coast, the state’s top coastal official told a legislative panel Wednesday.  More »

Baker Botts looks to Brazil to grow its energy business

Among the firm’s ongoing strategic objectives: extend its network to clients in energy centers worldwide.  More »

Pa. family in drilling lawsuit still gets royalty

A family that settled a lawsuit over the impacts of natural gas drilling still collects royalties from the gas production, according to documents made public this week.  More »

BP: Halliburton’s expected guilty plea undermines Gulf spill arguments

BP said Tuesday that Halliburton’s admission that it destroyed evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill undermines key claims by the U.S. government in a civil trial over the disaster.  More »

Attorney blasts firing from BP settlement program

An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP’s settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is demanding to be reinstated with back pay.  More »

Deadline set for responses to BP fraud allegations

A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents.  More »

US firm in Quebec rail tragedy granted protection

A Canadian judge has granted creditor protection to a rail company whose runaway oil train caused an explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec, a day after the company filed for bankruptcy.  More »

Judge: BP refusal to pay oil spill claims center is unreasonable

BP lost a bid to avoid paying the third-quarter operating budget of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster claims administrator, totaling $130 million, as part of its settlement with most private claimants.  More »

Enterprise Products loses bid to end Energy Transfer suit

Enterprise Products Partners LP lost its bid to throw out a lawsuit claiming it breached a 2011 agreement with Energy Transfer Partners LP to build a pipeline from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf Coast.  More »

FERC seeks $28M penalty from BP over natural gas prices

Federal energy regulators proposed a $28 million civil penalty against BP Plc for allegedly manipulating natural gas prices in Houston five years ago.  More »

Houston maritime lawyers join new firm

All eight lawyers who work at Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau in Houston have joined the Philadelphia-based law firm of Blank Rome.  More »

New details on gas drilling lawsuit gag order

A just-released Washington County Common Pleas Court transcript of a 2011 settlement hearing in a Marcellus Shale damage case shows the case records should have included a confidential settlement agreement and reveals details of an unusual lifetime “gag order” that covers two children involved in the case.  More »

FERC: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million in penalties on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices.  More »

BP not expecting spill settlement (video)

BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley said it’s unlikely Europe’s second-biggest oil company will reach a settlement with the U.S. over the Gulf of Mexico disaster as provisions set aside to pay for the spill rose.  More »

BP mounts heavy media campaign as judge weighs spill case

BP’s unrelenting attacks against how the Gulf oil spill civil settlement it agreed to is being handled aims to win over the public, but the strategy risks antagonizing a key constituent who is following every word — the federal judge overseeing the case.  More »