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Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Wednesday that BP [corporate website] was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster [JURIST backgrounder]. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] US District Judge Carl Barbier for the US District Court Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] ruled [order, PDF] on Tuesday that BP [corporate website] could not require businesses to provide proof their economic losses were directly caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill [JURIST news archive] under … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling that interpreted a settlement agreement [JURIST report] between BP and the class of parties injured in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [JURIST news archive] in a way that permitted … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Chevron [corporate website] after approving a negotiated settlement, closing a lengthy legal battle over a 2011 oil spill. The leak occurred in November 2011, when a Chevron appraisal well leaked 155,000 gallons of oil, and the following March, when … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Halliburton [corporate website] pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] in US federal court on Thursday to charges that it had destroyed evidence in connection with its role in the BP oil spill in 2010. The company admitted that it had tampered with a protected computer [Reuters report], erasing 3D models … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Judge Sally Shushan of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday ordered British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] to pay the third quarter and some fourth quarter expenses for the gulf oil spill claim administration program [official website website]. The budget and fees … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jul 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that Halliburton Energy Services [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence [press release] in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [JURIST news archive] in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton stands accused … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments [audio recordings] Monday by BP [corporate website] alleging that the claims administrator was awarding damages to plaintiffs based on biased revenue data. US District Judge Carl Barbier approved a settlement [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] filed an appeal Wednesday contesting the March 5 order of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] which approved the methods being used to calculate losses by the administrator of the $8.5 billion settlement fund which was created following … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The court-appointed administrator responsible for determining and paying out damages to individuals affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder], on Monday asked the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] to dismiss a lawsuit by British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] over how … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Trial began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] between individuals affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder] and British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website]. The other corporations involved [Reuters report] are the rig owner Transocean Ltd. and well cement … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday ruled that 810,000 barrels of oil collected by British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] immediately following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder] will not be used in calculations to determine damages … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday accepted the guilty plea of Transocean Deepwater Inc. [corporate website] along with a criminal settlement of $400 million and $1 billion in civil penalties for the company's violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) [EPA summary] during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday accepted a plea agreement [DOJ press release] between British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for the company's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced a settlement [press release] with Transocean Deepwater Inc. [corporate website] for the company's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder]. Transocean pleaded guilty [text, PDF] to "negligently discharging oil into the Gulf of Mexico," in … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Justice M.B. Shah Commission of Inquiry [official website], an Indian judicial committee investigating illegal mining practices, issued a report Friday that indicted Digambar Kamat, the former Chief Minister of the state of Goa [official website], for permitting illegal mining in the state during his 12 year tenure as … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge in Brazil ruled on Tuesday that construction on the Belo Monte Dam must stop until local indigenous communities are allowed to voice their opinions on the environmental impact of the dam. The Brazilian government declared [BBC report] that the dam would help make Brazil more self-sufficient in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A federal court in Brazil on Wednesday ordered Chevron and drilling company Transocean [corporate websites] to suspend all oil drilling in Brazil within 30 days in the wake of two oil spills off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A judge for Brazil's Regional Federal Court of the Second … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Judge Carl Barbier for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana signed a case management order [text, PDF] on Wednesday outlining the structure for the upcoming trial of Gulf oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] claims scheduled for January 14, 2013. Barbier divided the trial … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed settlement with British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] over the Gulf oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 2010. BP and a group of plaintiffs' attorneys sought preliminary approval [JURIST report] of the settlement agreement last month. Judge … [read more]

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