Category: Legal issues

Woman takes unique road to sue Honda over mileage

A woman who expected her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid to be her dream car wants Honda to pay for not delivering the high mileage it promised. But rather than joining other owners in a class-action lawsuit, she is going solo in small claims court, an unusual move that could offer a bigger payout if it doesn’t backfire.  More »

Venezuela says it only owes Exxon $255 million

Venezuela said Monday it has successfully defended itself in an international arbitration case brought by Exxon Mobil Corp. and will need to pay only $255 million of the more than $900 million awarded to the company.  More »

Cross-state pollution rule put on hold

The EPA must delay implementing rules on interstate air pollution on Jan. 1, a federal court ruled, siding with electric power producers seeking to defeat the new regulations.  More »

Chesapeake hasn’t yet closed on Utica joint venture

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) has not completed a joint venture valued at $2.14 billion in Ohio’s Utica shale formation that it said would close by mid-December.  More »

Driller files court appeal of Pa. town’s ordinance

Range Resources Appalachia LLC has gone to court to challenge a southwestern Pennsylvania township ordinance that restricts natural gas drilling.  More »

BP money buys sports towels, Xmas lights, jingles

Sports towels and fleece blankets. A poker tournament. A $1 million Christmas display. A prom for senior citizens. BP gas card giveaways. A “most deserving mom” contest. And advertising, lots of advertising.  More »

Chesapeake Energy sued for canceling leases

More than 100 homeowners in Michigan sued Chesapeake Energy after an affiliated company terminated leases and failed to pay bonuses after a nearby test well came up dry, according to a Reuters investigation.  More »

BP staff may face U.S. criminal charges after spill

U.S. prosecutors are preparing what would be the first criminal charges against BP Plc (BP/) staff after the worst U.S. oil spill last year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.  More »

BP’s top U.S. officer is called to testify at Gulf oil-spill trial

BP Plc’s highest-ranking U.S. executive, BP America Inc. Chairman and President Lamar McKay, was subpoenaed to testify at the February trial that will determine liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Chevron, Conoco entrapped in post-BP crackdown on spills

Brazil’s threatened indictment of Chevron Corp. (CVX) and Transocean Ltd. (RIG) executives after offshore oil leaks shows that regulators from the North Sea to the Indian Ocean are stepping up scrutiny after BP Plc’s 2010 disaster.  More »

Hedge fund Centaurus fined for violating gas position limits

Centaurus Energy Master Fund LP, a Houston-based energy hedge fund run by former Enron Corp. trader John Arnold, was fined $75,000 by the New York Mercantile Exchange for violating position limits in natural-gas trading.  More »

Anadarko can limit some evidence in pollution lawsuit

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) can exclude some evidence from a $15.5 billion pollution lawsuit brought by creditors of Tronox Inc., the chemical maker that says it was driven into bankruptcy after it was saddled with environmental liabilities.  More »