Category: Legal issues

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 »

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 »