Category: Legal issues

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 »

BP wins effort to bar past accidents during spill trial

BP won a preliminary bid to bar the introduction of evidence of previous accidents involving the oil company from this month’s trial over fault for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico blast and oil spill.  More »

Pa. fines Chesapeake Energy $565K for violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a gas driller more than $500,000 for three separate violations.  More »

BP said to seek settlement of spill claims

BP Plc (BP/) is negotiating with U.S. officials to settle pollution claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that may leave the company liable for as much as $17.6 billion in fines, a person familiar with the talks said.  More »

Former AGE boss settles complaint

After months of legal wrangling, Glen Gonzalez, the former CEO of AGE Refining Inc., has settled a multimillion lawsuit that was filed against him in November 2010 by a federal bankruptcy trustee.  More »

BP CEO says company would consider settlement over Gulf spill

BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley said today the company may consider a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the terms of the fines have to be reasonable.  More »

Norway police fine Transocean units for understating profit

Norway’s agency for economic crime said it fined units of Transocean Ltd. for underreporting taxable income in 2001 and 2002.  More »

Chevron refuses to apologize in Ecuador

Chevron Inc. says it has no intention of apologizing for the environmental damage to Amazon rain forest for which an Ecuadorean court ruled it responsible.  More »

Veiled Muslim woman threatens suit against Chevron for gas denial

A Muslim woman is threatening to sue Chevron after a Florida gas attendant refused to sell her gas because she would not remove her veil, according to an ABC News story.  More »