The former Exxon Mobil-owned Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J. ConocoPhillips now operates the plant. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Exxon Mobil settles New Jersey environmental case for a fraction of expected damages

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The New Jersey State Department of Environemntal Protection filed the lawsuit in 2004, and a state superior judge had been close to a decision this year before Gov. Chris Christie’s office told the court on Feb. 20 it had settled with Exxon.
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Flood board to decide next week on ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit appeal

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U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.
Indian police in civil clothing escort two alleged suspects, center and center right, who are among the seven persons in an oil espionage case, to a police van to be produced in a court from the Delhi Crime Branch unit, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Police have arrested seven people for allegedly stealing classified documents from the Indian government and selling them to energy companies, a top police officer said Friday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India: 7 arrested for stealing, leaking energy documents

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The men were caught leaving the ministry building Tuesday after authorities acted on a tip that some individuals were stealing and leaking documents from the ministry.
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Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

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Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.
Former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon (Gary Fountain/Houston Chronicle)

Chesapeake Energy sues founder, former CEO McClendon

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The lawsuit alleges McClendon took “confidential information and trade secrets from Chesapeake.”
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Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate drilling

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The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a state law that gives Ohio “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the location of wells.
Michael Schonberg, partner at Thompson&  Knight.

Commentary: Key energy industry lessons in billion-dollar trade secret case

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The year’s biggest news in oil and gas litigation came last week when Fort Worth-based Moncrief Oil International voluntarily abandoned a billion-dollar trade secret lawsuit in the middle of trial against Russian energy giant OAO Gazprom, says one Texas energy attorney.
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TransCanada suspends efforts to seize Nebraska land for Keystone

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A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping TransCanada from invoking eminent domain along the proposed Keystone Pipeline route in northern Nebraska.
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Steelworkers strike extends to BP plants outside Texas

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The United Steelworkers union is broadening its nationwide walkout to include two more refineries. Early Sunday, the union is planning to go on strike against two BP facilities in the Midwest, union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock confirmed. That will bring the total number of plants on strike to 11, after union members walked out of nine facilities, including […]
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Brazil makes third round of searches and arrests in Petrobras kickback scheme

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Those involved may be charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and criminal associations, police said.