Category: Legal issues

Dispersant’s use adds subplot to oil spill saga

As a federal judge considers a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents harmed by the 2010 oil spill, a legal subplot has developed around workers who allege they were sickened by chemicals used to clean up the oil.  More »

BP part of serious fraud office bribery probe, report says

BP Plc (BP/) is part of a U.K. Serious Fraud Office investigation over bribery allegations relating to one of its engineering contractors in Azerbaijan, the Daily Telegraph reported, without saying where it obtained the information.  More »

Chesapeake Energy, Encana face U.S. probe over land deals

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) and Encana Corp. are under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for possible collusion, according to a person familiar with the probe.  More »

Court: Lawyers not responsible for fraud by client

When Paul Bennett, Frederick Clayton and others lost more than $4 million on an oil drilling investment in southern Kentucky, they sued the companies involved and their lawyer.  More »

DC Circuit Rejects All Challenges to PSD greenhouse gas regulation. What Now?

Yesterday the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issues a stinging rebuke to state and industry challengers’ petition to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, and extending that regulation to prevention of significant detioration for major stationary sources. The unanimous decision stated that the EPA’s endangerment […]  More »

High court throws out Southern Union’s $18M fine

The Supreme Court threw out an $18 million penalty Thursday against a natural gas company convicted of violating an environmental law.  More »

Chesapeake hired lawyer with stealth record in CEO probes

The lawyer Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s (CHK) audit committee hired to investigate possible conflicts of interest in its chief executive’s loans has a record of managing probes with minimum publicity about himself or his client.  More »

U.S Position on Sustainable Development at Rio

(with assistance from Amanda Byrum, UNC JD 2013) Each country represented at Rio+20 was asked to create and submit a document outlining its priorities for the conference. In addition, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders have submitted suggestions for the event’s final agenda to be adopted by participating countries as the conclusion of the conference. As […]  More »

Cloudy Days for Human Rights Activists at Rio

There has been a great deal of controversy for months about what UN negotiators would put forward for possible treaty adoption by countries at the end of Rio+20. What was supposed to be a simple document became complex and demonstrated many divisions between countries. When the negotiating team couldn’t reach agreement this created an opportunity […]  More »

Former gas driller awarded $4 million for injuries

A federal jury has awarded a former gas driller $4 million for injuries he suffered on a western Colorado drilling rig.  More »

ATP sues U.S. government over offshore-drilling suspension

ATP Oil & Gas Corp. sued the U.S. government for suspending offshore drilling after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill, alleging the moratorium cost the company more than $68 million.  More »

The View from Rio on June 14

As the first wave of visitors, delegates and speakers arrive in Rio for the Rio +20 sustainability summit, the overall picture is still unsettled. The persons charged with drafting a possible International Agreement to come out of the conference have still not settled on a straightforward document. Disagreements remain over how to measure national progress […]  More »

Thousands sue BP over Texas City emissions

More than 50,000 people have filed suit against BP, claiming they suffered ill health after the oil giant allegedly released thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals at its Texas City refinery in 2010, according to The Galveston County Daily News.  More »

Baldwin accused of threatening to smear Costner

Stephen Baldwin threatened to feed personal information about Kevin Costner to The New York Times if the two actors couldn’t resolve their business dispute over millions of dollars in BP money after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a witness testified Wednesday at a trial for Baldwin’s lawsuit against Costner.  More »

State sues ConocoPhillips for storage tank cleanup

The state of Montana is suing ConocoPhillips alleging a state fund paid $5.5 million to clean up leaks from fuel storage tanks while the company collected insurance payments to cover the cost of the environmental work.  More »