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Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP [corporate website] faces under the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill [JURIST backgrounder]. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday rejected [order, PDF] a motion by BP to reduce the civil fine payable under the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill [JURIST backgrounder]. BP's appeal … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in an appeal by David Rainey, a former British Petroleum (BP) [company website] executive. Rainey sought to contest the charge of obstruction of justice that arose when he misled Congress about the extent of the 2010 … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP [corporate website] will face under the Clean Water Act [text, PDF] after he ruled [opinion, pdf] that the size of the offshore oil spill [JURIST backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined [order list, PDF] to review a settlement with BP resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster [JURIST backgrounder]. The case arises from a decision [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] last March. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia [corporate website, in Spanish], previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million … [read more]


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
20 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) [official website] on Monday filed a criminal complaint [text, press release, in Spanish] against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] BP [corporate website] asked [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday to stay a March ruling requiring the company to make massive settlement payments as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP contends [press release] that the US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it will appeal a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to the US Supreme Court [official websites]. The March decision [JURIST report] by the Fifth Circuit rejected BP's claim that payments to alleged oil spill … [read more]


Features
11 Mar 2014

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study [PDF] published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement of … [read more]


Features
11 Mar 2014

Deepwater Horizon, the name given to the oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP)-run Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, occurred between April and September 2010. Macondo Prospect is a large area off the coast of the Louisiana that contains large deposits of oil and is thus the site … [read more]


Features
11 Mar 2014

On April 20, 2010, an explosion of high pressure methane gas sank British Petroleum (BP)'s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that became one of the largest oil spills in history. The leak continued until the well was officially sealed on September 21, 2010 and released an estimated 560-585 … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Tara Pakrouh of Widener University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Tara Pakrouh, Widener University School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Merck & Co.'s $100 million settlement concerning the corporation's NuvaRing contraceptive device, the board's liability and the fiduciary duties it owes to its shareholders...In a December 2000 email to his colleagues, the Director of US Reproductive … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 2-1 Monday that British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] must adhere to the terms of its Deepwater Horizon [BBC backgrounder] oil spill settlement agreement with Gulf businesses and pay for damages regardless of whether causation can … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] New legislation has been proposed to tighten regulations on chemical storage facilities following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents. 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Charleston owned by Freedom Industries and entered the Elk River on … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] A federal appeals court ruled [opinion; pdf] on Friday to uphold a district court ruling approving BP's [corporate website] settlement with parties who claim to have suffered financial loss due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [JURIST news archive]. BP argued that the settlement should not be enforced … [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]

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