Category: Legal issues

Juror interviews at issue in ex-BP engineer’s case

A former BP engineer is basing his request for a new trial on improper interviews with jurors who had convicted him of trying to obstruct a federal investigation of the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, federal prosecutors say.  More »

Ex-BP engineer to seek judge’s recusal from case

Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct an investigation of the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over the trial last month.  More »

Drug case highlights underside of Bakken boom

Authorities seeking to curb rising crime rates within once-quiet rural communities along the Montana-North Dakota border.  More »

New lawsuit filed against Cape Wind power project

Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound have filed a federal lawsuit saying the state overstepped its authority when it brokered an agreement for a major utility to buy power from the project.  More »

Halliburton manager from Katy sentenced in Gulf spill case

A former Halliburton manager has been sentenced to one year of probation for destroying evidence after BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Worry and debate follow Pennsylvania court’s drilling decision

Business advocates consider the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision backing cities’ rights to fight the state’s new gas drilling law a major setback. Environmentalists cheered the decision, saying it strengthens the hand that environmental considerations will play in government decisions.  More »

FBI plan to put agents in Bakken Shale sparks flap

Crime on both sides of the states’ border has spiked as thousands of new workers brings drug traffickers in their wake.  More »

BP can’t stop seafood payments, plaintiffs attorneys say

BP Plc should keep paying more than $2.3 billion to seafood-industry interests as part of a settlement of claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while a fraud probe tied to the accord is pending, plaintiffs’ attorneys said.  More »

Prosecutor sought for N. Dakota oil patch drug cases

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem hopes to have the position filled within two months.  More »

Anadarko unit pushes court to slash billions from its liability in Tronox case

Investors boosted Anadarko Petroleum’s market value by $1.4 billion on Tuesday, a day after the company’s Kerr-McGee unit pushed back on a federal court’s ruling that it owes up to $14 billion in environmental and tort liabilities.  More »

Biofuels scam allegations against company widen to fraud

A company whose president was indicted last fall in an alleged biofuels scam prosecutors say cost the government and investors more than $100 million now faces a separate investigation by federal environmental regulators.  More »

Court upholds 2012 oil spill settlement

A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP PLC and lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the company’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost them money.  More »
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