Category: Legal issues

Louisiana seeks jury trial on $1 billion claim against BP

Louisiana asked a federal judge to order a separate jury trial against BP Plc (BP/) over the $1 billion in economic oil-spill losses that the state claims BP has stopped paying.  More »

Criminal probe eyes remarks after Gulf spill, lawyers say

Federal criminal investigators are looking into statements made by officials of companies connected with the Gulf oil spill in the days and weeks after the disaster.  More »

USGS head to be questioned in oil spill deposition

A critical issue in the ongoing litigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill is about to take center stage in a deposition of a key U.S. government figure — how the amount of crude that spewed from an undersea well was calculated.  More »

Russian police arrest TNK-BP manager

Russian police have arrested a government relations manager at British-Russian oil venture TNK-BP on suspicion of fraud.  More »

Coast Guard: Gulf oil slick comes from device used in 2010 spill

An oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico comes from a containment device used in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the 2010 oil spill.  More »

Energy strategy session focuses on efficiency, conservation

Big Oil isn’t afraid of regulation. It just wants it to be streamlined and doesn’t want to serve a bunch of different masters with different agendas.  More »

5 Miss. women say gasoline fumes harmed kids

The Mississippi Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Dec. 3 in Texaco’s appeal of a $19 million verdict for five women who alleged the oil company was responsible for their children born with disabilities and illnesses.  More »

Congress applies pressure to BP over Gulf oil sheen

Lawmakers in Washington are applying more pressure to BP and its chief executive to give them answers about last month’s discovery of an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that has been traced to oil from the company’s blown-out Macondo well.  More »

S&P: Canadian pipeline companies’ growth intact despite hurdles

S&P says Canadian pipeline companies will enjoy sound credit ratings despite regulatory and political challenges to some of their projects.  More »

Most eligible parties will accept spill deal, claims head says

Patrick Juneau, who is running the claims center processing thousands of economic damages claim under a proposed settlement between BP and Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill,expects 90 percent participation in the deal.  More »

Koch facing lawsuit by executive who claims he was held captive for days

William Koch held a senior executive of his Oxbow energy company captive for almost two days after discovering his concerns about a plan to avoid U.S. taxes on $200 million in profit, the now ex-employee claimed in a lawsuit.  More »

Steffy: Property rights versus pipelines

Already a political punching bag nationally in this election season, TransCanada Corp.’s pipeline has become a legal football as well, caught up in a series of arcane rulings that have upended the decades-old process for how energy companies in Texas seize land for pipelines. It’s a case that pits Texas’ long-held belief in the sanctity of private property against its favorite industry.  More »