Category: Legal issues

La. AG’s oil spill tab nears $24M

Louisiana’s attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state’s legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, with much of the money paid to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns.  More »

Judge gets sentence recommendation for BP

The report and recommendation were filed in federal court in New Orleans late Monday.  More »

Lawyers trade accusations in fight over gas additive

The $700 million case against Citgo and ExxonMobil, accusing the companies of contaminating more than 40,000 wells in New Hampshire with the fuel additive MTBE, launched Monday with attorneys exchanging charges of nefarious legal moves.  More »

Judge allows expert’s reports on ill-fated rig

Reports prepared by one of Transocean’s key experts, who later died in a car crash, will be admitted during next month’s civil trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Judge approves Gulf oil spill medical benefits settlement

A federal judge Friday approved the medical benefits portion of a multibillion dollar class action settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that had been reached between the British oil giant and thousands of individuals and businesses who sued the company.  More »

BP seeks to cut Gulf oil spill exposure by up to $3.4B

BP could reduce its potential maximum fine for the 2010 Gulf oil spill by $3.4 billion if a judge grants a motion BP filed Friday relating to the amount of crude spilled.  More »

Rig victim’s widow says Gulf disaster caused ‘inferno of grief’

Shelley Anderson says Transocean waited three days to to tell her that her husband was lost in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Days later, their young daughter, Lacy, said her father told her he was in heaven. Read Shelley’s victim impact statement, detailing the family’s ordeal.  More »

BP oil spill settlement payments exceed $1B mark

Businesses and individuals who claim BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company’s class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said.  More »

Transocean to be arraigned on criminal charge in Gulf disaster

Transocean will be arraigned Wednesday before a federal judge in New Orleans on a misdemeanor criminal charge stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips sued by California over tanks

ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 (PSX) were sued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who accused the oil producer and the refiner it spun off last year of environmental violations at more than 560 gasoline stations.  More »

Judge won’t block suit against Neb. pipeline law

A Lancaster County district judge has refused to block a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska’s new pipeline siting law.  More »

Government accuses BP of being evasive on Gulf spill flow rate

The Justice Department is accusing BP anew of being evasive on information about the amount of oil that spewed from its undersea well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico nearly three years ago.  More »