Oil Spill

107 ABA Journal Oil Spill articles.

Federal judge denies injunction, permitting Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward

A Washington, D.C. federal court ruling Tuesday paves the way for completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, over strong objections from neighboring tribal communities, Reuters has reported.

The ruling…

Lawyer goes on trial for alleged false oil-spill claims; prosecutors drop several counts

Prosecutors dropped 22 of 95 counts against a Texas lawyer and six co-defendants as their trial began Monday for allegedly falsifying claims in the BP Gulf oil spill.

Federal judge gives final OK to $20B settlement by BP in Gulf oil spill disaster

A federal judge in New Orleans on Monday gave the final OK to an estimated $20 billion settlement by BP concerning a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.

Federal jury finds engineer not guilty in BP oil spill case

A federal jury in New Orleans on Thursday found a former BP rig engineer not guilty on a charge that his negligence caused the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…

Indictment accuses Texas lawyer of submitting false oil spill claims; he said he had 44,000 clients

A Texas lawyer who once claimed to represent more than 44,000 victims in the BP oil spill has been indicted for allegedly submitting false claims for an inflated list of…

BP agrees to $20 billion settlement with DOJ and 5 states for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

BP has agreed to pay $20 billion to settle all civil claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the Associated Press

BP to pay $18.7B to settle oil spill claims by US and Gulf states

BP has agreed to pay five states and the federal government $18.7 billion to resolve environmental and economic claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The settlement, announced on…

Federal judge sanctions 3 lawyers, says they can’t file oil spill claims against BP

A federal judge in New Orleans sanctioned three lawyers on Thursday, barring them from handling claims against BP concerning the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier…

Litigation success brings layoffs for 17 attorneys at law firm representing Halliburton

Successfully defending Halliburton Co. in litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill resulted in pink slips for 17 attorneys and six staff members at a Texas law firm.

After…

Judge scolds BP for squeezing extra lines into brief

Updated: BP is on notice that a federal judge will be closely scrutinizing its briefs for excess words in litigation over the Gulf oil spill.

In an order (PDF)…

BP grossly negligent in Gulf oil spill, federal judge rules; company could face $18B in penalties

BP Plc was grossly negligent concerning the massive 2010 oil spill that occurred after a deadly explosion and fire at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico,…

Halliburton to pay $1.1B to resolve oil spill suits

Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to resolve suits over its work on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in April 2010, killing 11 workers and spilling millions…

Elevator conversation results in new trial for BP engineer convicted in Deepwater Horizon case

A federal judge in New Orleans on Thursday blasted defense lawyers in a high-profile criminal case for interviewing jurors after their guilty verdict.

Doing so may have violated his instructions…

BP oil-spill settlement is upheld by 5th Circuit

A federal appeals court has upheld the settlement in the 2010 Gulf oil spill over BP’s objections that a claims administrator’s interpretation of the deal was resulting in payments to…

Plaintiff ‘titan’ files civil racketeering class action against rival PI lawyer in BP oil spill case

Both Danny Becnel and Mikal Watts are personal injury titans representing plaintiff fishermen in litigation against BP over the 2009 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

But now the two top personal…

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