Category: Legal issues

Ecuador court snubs arbitration panel on Chevron

An Ecuadorean appeals court has rejected an order by an international arbitration panel seeking to prevent Amazon rain forest residents from collecting an $18 billion damage award against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination.  More »

BP spill deal possible this week after Mitsui, analyst says

BP Plc (BP/), operator of the Macondo well that caused the U.S.’s worst oil spill, may reach a settlement for the disaster this week after a partner agreed on fines, an Oppenheimer & Co. analyst said.  More »

BP won’t face questions about post-spill probe

Lawyers suing BP (BP/) Plc over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill won’t be able to cross-examine witnesses at this month’s trial about a post-incident investigation, a judge said.  More »

White House agreement on Solyndra testimony averts subpoenas

The White House agreed to let four officials speak with congressional investigators about Solyndra LLC’s $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, averting a Republican attempt to compel their testimony by subpoena.  More »

Venezuela pays Exxon $250 million to settle case

Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil company, said it paid Exxon Mobil Corp. $250.9 million for assets seized in the country in 2007.  More »

Judge removed from $50m Valero suit

Judge Christopher Dupuy was removed Wednesday from a $50 million lawsuit brought by Valero Refining Texas after a defendant complained no one revealed relationships between Dupuy and a former Valero attorney, the Galveston County Daily News is reporting.  More »

Appeals court sides with judge in oil spill case

A federal appeals court has refused to overrule a judge who ordered BP PLC and other companies involved in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill to set aside up to 6 percent of any settlement or claims payments for the benefit of a group of lead plaintiffs’ attorneys.  More »

Judge tosses spill claims against BP contractor

A judge has dismissed all of the federal court claims against a BP PLC contractor sued over a deadly rig explosion and the massive oil spill it spawned in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  More »

BP loses bid to dismiss investor claims spurred by spill

BP Plc lost a court bid to dismiss fraud claims by investors who said the company lied before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill about its accident response capability.  More »

Transocean asks judge to make key witness testify

Lawyers for the owners of the drilling rig that exploded at the start of the 2010 oil spill are asking a federal judge to make a key witness talk to them before their trial.  More »

Incentives to settle spill case loom large

A legal brawl that began with the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill nearly two years ago is within weeks of a courtroom showdown that many parties would prefer to avoid through a settlement.  More »

Q&A: Transocean’s lawyer will have key role

Atlanta-based law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan opened a Houston office with a single attorney in 2002 and has since grown to include more than 35 full-time attorneys and a large team of contract attorneys.  More »