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Algeria oil corruption trial begins after 5-year delay

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In a packed courthouse that included the ambassadors of Italy, the U.S. and Germany, prosecutors read out the charges against former head of Sonatrach, Mohammed Meziane, his two sons, and 16 other company officials.
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Oil spill intensified Gulf inequality amid economic damage, U.S. witness says

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Gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico caused serious and widespread sociocultural destruction in Louisiana and other states and exacerbated inequality in a region marked by economic immobility, the U.S. government’s second witness in BP’s oil spill case said Tuesday.
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010, the day after the blowout of BP's Macondo well. (Associate Press photo)

Date set for BP investors’ trial over spill losses

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BP Plc investors claiming as much as $2.5 billion in market losses caused by company misrepresentations about the severity of the 2010 oil spill will make their case to a jury next May 18, a judge ruled today.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in April.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Hearing starts in ex-BP engineer obstruction case

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Attorneys for a BP engineer found guilty of obstructing an investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill wants his conviction thrown out, saying the jury forewoman heard statements outside of the trial that influenced the panel’s decision.
Protesters gather in the Federal Plaza in Manhatan to protest against Chevron Corporation October 15, 2013 in New York. (AFP PHOTO/Don EmmertDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron wins US ruling calling Ecuador judgment fraud

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Chevron Corp. won a U.S. judge’s ruling that a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment issued in Ecuador was procured by fraud, making it less likely that plaintiffs will collect the $9.5 billion award.
A series of pipes direct natural gas in Bismarck, North Dakota. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Jury to weigh billion-dollar pipeline case

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A dozen jurors start Monday deliberating the billion-dollar dispute among three giant oil and gas companies over a joint effort to build a pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast.
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Pipeline trial kicks off as if nasty divorce case

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The billion-dollar legal battle among three oil and gas giants – Energy Transfer Partners, Enterprise Products and Enbridge – that went to trial last week sounds like a bitter divorce case, complete with accusations of a lovers’ triangle.
Oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing Macondo wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2010. AP Photo/BP PLC, File)

BP digs in as last leg of Gulf oil spill trial approaches

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The legal clash over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is entering a key chapter that could give BP an idea of just how large a hole the disaster will burn in its wallet.
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Jury at a standstill in ex-BP engineer’s trial

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A federal jury has told a judge that they are having difficulty reaching a verdict in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a probe of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Left to right, Ecuadorans Guillermo Grefa and Humberto Piaguaje stand with their legal team Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo before a news conference in San Francisco, Calif., in 2007. (File Photo:  San Francisco Chronicle)

Chevron adversary to deny Ecuador fraud in testimony

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A Manhattan lawyer who’s spent his career battling Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador is set to defend the tactics he used to win a multibillion-dollar judgment against the company before a federal judge.