Category: Legal issues

NH’s $236M suit against Exxon Mobil to go to jury

Jurors in New Hampshire’s groundwater contamination case against Exxon Mobil were asked to decide whether the state is seeking a scapegoat or the oil company was protecting its profits, not the environment, when it added MTBE to its gasoline.  More »

Attorney fee disputes in Gulf spill get own judge

A federal bankruptcy judge has been appointed to rule on future disagreements over attorney fees related to the multibillion settlement between BP and victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

BP launches defense in Gulf spill trial

BP’s first witness at a trial over the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster says the company safely drilled its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico before an April 2010 blowout triggered the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.  More »

Judge rejects BP request to block payment on some Gulf spill claims

A federal judge Friday threw out BP’s request for an injunction to block payment of what BP alleges are fictitious business economic loss claims by plaintiffs who weren’t harmed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Texas lawyer used forged signature in Gulf spill case, judge rules

A federal judge scolded a Texas lawyer in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill case, ruling Friday the attorney used a contract with a forged signature to assert that he represented a fisherman and was entitled to a cut of that man’s share of last year’s multibillion settlement with BP.  More »

Arkansas sets deadline for Exxon spill documents

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set an April 10 deadline for ExxonMobil to produce documents connected to the company’s oil spill in Mayflower.  More »

Gulf spill judge troubled by Halliburton’s trial conduct

The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Thursday he is “troubled” by Halliburton’s “pattern” of conduct in not turning over documents, test results and other materials related to the cement that was used on the ill-fated well project.  More »

Enron victims concerned by former CEO’s possible early prison release

“It’s stunning that somebody who robs a bank of a couple thousand dollars could end up spending more time (in prison) than someone like Jeff Skilling,”said Andrew Stoltmann, a Chicago-based securities attorney who represented 10 victims of the Enron scandal.  More »

TXU spared tax liability on $23 billion by IRS ruling

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas power company taken private six years ago in the largest leveraged buyout, won’t have to pay a potential tax liability on $23 billion when transferring ownership of some of its units, according to a decision by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  More »

Lawyer enters not guilty plea for former BP engineer in Gulf spill case

A lawyer for a former BP engineer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Judge frees Cameron from liability in Gulf spill trial

The federal judge overseeing the civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Wednesday threw out remaining claims against blowout preventer maker Cameron and issued findings that could have implications on the liability of other defendants in the case.  More »

La. man to be sentenced for plot to defraud BP

A federal judge is set to sentence a Covington businessman who pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing BP for roughly $1.4 million for use of a helicopter after the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »