Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Hearing starts in ex-BP engineer obstruction case

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Attorneys for a BP engineer found guilty of obstructing an investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill wants his conviction thrown out, saying the jury forewoman heard statements outside of the trial that influenced the panel’s decision.
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Akin Gump and Simpson Thacher hire energy partners from competitors

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By Mark Curriden Texas Lawbook It pays off for lawyers to be professional with the counsel across the table in a big transaction. Two major law firms – Simpson Thacher & Barlett and Akin Gump – said Monday they are expanding their corporate energy practices in Houston by hiring partners from competitor law firms. In […]
Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, Inc. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Does a 1,000-mile, international pipeline need a permit?

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Enbridge insists its planned $7 billion pipeline doesn’t require a presidential permit. But the reality may be less clear.
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US Supreme Court seeks middle ground on shareholder suits

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Hearing arguments Wednesday in Washington, the justices considered a bid by Halliburton Co. to overturn a 1988 decision that forms the legal basis for 80 percent of the group securities suits filed each year.
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Texas pipeline company wins $319M in legal dispute

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After a day and a half of deliberation, a 12-person jury has found that Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners were in a partnership in 2011 during their proposed joint venture to construct a crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast.
Protesters gather in the Federal Plaza in Manhatan to protest against Chevron Corporation October 15, 2013 in New York. (AFP PHOTO/Don EmmertDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron wins US ruling calling Ecuador judgment fraud

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Chevron Corp. won a U.S. judge’s ruling that a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment issued in Ecuador was procured by fraud, making it less likely that plaintiffs will collect the $9.5 billion award.
A series of pipes direct natural gas in Bismarck, North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Jury to weigh billion-dollar pipeline case

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A dozen jurors start Monday deliberating the billion-dollar dispute among three giant oil and gas companies over a joint effort to build a pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast.
Fragmented and disappearing marsh, which was formerly cypress forest, in St. Bernard Parish, just outside New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Battle shaping up over ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit bill

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Supporters of a south Louisiana flood control board’s lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands announced plans Thursday to fight legislation they say could undermine not only the lawsuit but the political independence of the board.
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson speaks after receiving the Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council during the group's annual dinner at the Hilton Americas Hotel on Tuesday April 2, 2013. (Dave Rossman)

Exxon CEO’s lawsuit against water tower fuels public outrage (video)

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is at the center of a media firestorm over a lawsuit protesting a water tower near his $5 million horse ranch north of Dallas.
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

Feds ask judge to streamline BP trial penalty proceedings, order oil spill harmful

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U.S. authorities asked a federal judge Thursday to streamline the “penalty phase” of the BP oil spill trial by ordering that the 2010 disaster caused serious harm to the environment, residents and businesses around the Gulf of Mexico.