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Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] on Tuesday in three appeals filed by military contractor KBR, Inc. [corporate website], seeking to end lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq, soldier exposure to open-air burn pits for waste disposal and soldier exposure to dangerous chemicals … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Tuesday. In Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court has been asked to settle a circuit split [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] regarding whether and to what extent courts can … [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
1 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in eight cases Tuesday. In Young v. United Parcel Service [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether, and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations must provide work accommodations to pregnant … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday limited [opinion, PDF] shareholders' class action suits for securities fraud. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court declined to overturn its 1988 decision in Basic Inc. v. Levinson [text]. Halliburton Co. [corporate website] has faced … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday on class certification procedures in stock and securities fraud litigation. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. Johnson Fund, Inc. [transcript, PDF] the court will decide whether the Fifth Circuit's ruling [text] is contradictory both to prior … [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
18 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] the petition for certiorari in a case challenging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [backgrounder] April order [text] requiring Verizon [corporate website] to turn over data to the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] including US telephone … [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
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]


Features
20 Jul 2013

International efforts to rebuild postwar Iraq generated a breadth of legal issues. Following reconstruction investments were often managed by US-based entities, and most legal claims and disputes that arose involved American citizens. Many of the prominent reconstruction disputes arose from the awarding of US government service contracts to American firms. … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been at the center of much debate in the past decade. The process has had an enormous impact on the energy industry in the US, particularly with regard to natural gas markets. Natural gas will continue to play an important role in the energy future … [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
3 Mar 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] on Friday announced an estimated $7.8 billion class action settlement [press release] to resolve the majority of claims [materials] filed by individual and business plaintiffs after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The proposed settlement comprises two separate agreements … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] postponed the trial over the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Monday, hours before it was set to begin, in order to give British Petroleum (BP) [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday in Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that, though a party to a private securities fraud action must demonstrate that the defendant';s misrepresentation caused economic loss, securities fraud plaintiffs … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that environmental groups' lawsuit, challenging the government approval of oil drilling leases granted to the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, may continue. The Southern … [read more]

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