Helen Taylor

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BP Official Resists Defining 'Legitimate' Claim

A top BP PLC executive declined to be specific today when pressed at a congressional hearing to say what kind of claims the company will pay from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the liability questions surrounding the Gulf of Mexico spill, including the response of the companies involved and the damage limits written into federal law. Darryl Willis, BP’s vice president for resources, is representing the company at the hearing. “We are going to pay all legitimate claims,” Willis said, repeating a company refrain that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers and ... Read More

Prominent Ala. attorney files another BP class action

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – Alabama plaintiffs firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles has filed another class action lawsuit against BP and other companies related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit, which was announced Thursday and alleges negligence and wanton misconduct, also names Haliburton and Cameron International as defendants. According to the petition, the firm seeks to, “represent property owners and rental agencies that have incurred damages related to the disaster, including: real property damages; personal property damages; loss of profits and earning capacity; loss of commercial and subsistence use of ... Read More

BP Admits They Underestimated the Amount of Oil Leaking as More Washes on Shore

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP conceded Thursday that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana’s wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill. Mark Proegler, a spokesman for oil giant BP PLC, said a mile-long tube inserted into a leaking pipe over the weekend is capturing 210,000 gallons a day – the total amount the company and the Coast Guard have estimated is gushing into the sea – but some is still escaping. He would not say how much. Several professors who have ... Read More

Rig firm’s $270m profit from deadly spill

The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and causing a giant slick, has made a $270m (£182m) profit from insurance payouts for the disaster. The revelation by Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore driller, will add to the political storm over the disaster. The company was hired by BP to drill the well. The “accounting gain” arose because the $560m insurance policy Transocean took out on its Deepwater Horizon rig was greater than the value of the rig itself. Transocean has already received a cash payment of $401m with the rest due ... Read More

Oil Blowout Irks BP Shareholders

Montgomery, AL: In his thirty years as a litigation lawyer, Jere Beasley says the oil companies have always been the toughest, meanest, most never-say-die defendants he has ever fought in courtroom. “I have dealt with these oil companies and I have not met a good oil company yet and BP is one of the worst,” Beasley says. “These companies are tough and politically influential.” Beasley’s firm, which he intended to “keep small” when he started out three decades ago, now has 40 lawyers and 200 support staff. So far Beasley, Allen, Crow Methvin, Portis & Miles have filed four lawsuits ... Read More

Transocean Tries to Cut Future Oil-Spill Losses to $27 Million

The company that owns the now-sunken drilling rig oozing oil into the Gulf of Mexico is counting on a 150-year-old maritime law to limit its damages. To a mere $26.7 million. That’s how much Transocean Ltd. said it should pay in a motion filed on Thursday in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. Citing an 1851 law aimed at shipping mishaps, Transocean said its damages should be limited to $26.7 million in unpaid drilling fees earned before the April 20 explosion, noting the Deepwater Horizon rig is otherwise worth nothing now. The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 ... Read More

Former Oil Rig Worker Says Cheating on Blowout Preventer Tests Widespread

BP will not be happy with Mike Mason. Mason is a 27 year oil industry veteran who worked on oil rigs at BP facilities on the North Slope of Alaska.  He knows the ins and outs of blowout preventers.  And he says that cheating on tests for blowout preventers is widespread in the industry.  He says he’s witnessed BP cheating on such tests in the North Slope. On January 21, 2005, Corporate Crime Reporter ran an article detailing Mason’s allegations of BP’s cheating on blowout preventer tests.  At the time, Mason was working for Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc. – a ... Read More

Beasley Allen files class action on behalf of Alabama's Gulf Coast restaurant industry

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses a major threat to the restaurant industry along Alabama’s Gulf Coast as tourists, vacationers, and fishermen cancel plans to visit. MONTGOMERY, ALA. (May 7, 2010)  – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit (10-cv-243) on behalf of Alabama restaurant owners along the Alabama Gulf Coast for losses resulting from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many of these businesses receive substantial income from tourists, vacationers and commercial and sports fishermen. The suit is filed in federal court in the Southern ... Read More

Concerns Up and Down the Food Chain

BRETON ISLAND, La. — As the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon spreads across the Gulf of Mexico, environmentalists and government officials have been working frantically to protect shoreline habitat like this island in the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, eight miles off the coast of Louisiana. Breton Island, with its hundreds of nesting birds, has been protected by orange booms, as have many other areas of delicate estuaries and wetlands. But biologists are increasingly alarmed for wildlife offshore, where the damage from a spill can be invisible but still deadly. And they caution that because of the fluidity between onshore ... Read More

Beasley Allen files class action on behalf of Louisiana businesses affected by the BP oil spill

Lawsuit filed on behalf of individuals and businesses in Louisiana, which supplies up to 40 percent of seafood caught in continental U.S. and nearly 75 percent of shrimp caught in U.S. MONTGOMERY, ALA. (May 5, 2010)  – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit (2:10-cv-01344) on behalf of Louisiana businesses affected by the BP oil spill. The suit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana was filed on behalf of plaintiff Gulf Crown Seafood Inc., based in Delcambre, Louisiana, and seeks to represent individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the ... Read More