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Alabama getting $93.8 million for BP oil spill recovery and restoration projects

Alabama is set to receive $93.8 million in oil spill money for coastal restoration projects in the third and largest installment to come from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, which was established to help the U.S. Gulf coast recover from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees made the announcement on Friday that Alabama and the four other Gulf Coast states would soon be receiving their share of $1 billion in funds BP provided as a down payment in April 2011. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas will share $627 million in ... Read More

Cleanup workers sickened by BP oil spill face legal limbo with medical claims

Cleanup workers and coastal residents who were exposed to crude oil and chemical dispersants from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be forced into the same kind of protracted litigation that prevented Exxon Valdez cleanup workers from getting medical assistance and relief from doctor’s bills. Some 20,000 Gulf coast residents and cleanup workers, many of them suffering from chronic health problems that manifested several months after their exposure to the oil and other contaminants, are part of a medical damages settlement class, but find themselves in a legal limbo thanks to, as WWL-TV reported, “a disputed reading of one phase ... Read More

Judge strikes down BP’s efforts to recoup money paid on oil spill claims

A federal judge in New Orleans overseeing the BP oil spill litigation said that the company will not be permitted to take back hundreds of millions of dollars it paid out to victims harmed by the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP had sought to recoup payments it considered excessive from some oil spill claimants. Those payments were calculated under the accounting methods established by the 2012 settlement agreement, before Judge Carl Barbier ordered the claims administrator’s office last year to implement new accounting procedures BP considered fairer. However, Judge Barbier found in a hearing last week that the payments ... Read More

Halliburton agrees to $1.1-billion resolution of Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

Beasley Allen lawyers and other members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) leading the BP oil spill litigation announced they have reached a $1.1-billion settlement with Halliburton Energy Services over its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement, subject to approval by a New Orleans federal court, is to be paid into a trust in three installments over the next two years until all appeals have been resolved. Halliburton, an oil-field services provider that cemented the doomed well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig, agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge last year for destroying evidence ... Read More

Supreme Court rejects BP’s request to freeze oil spill claims, payments resume

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s request to freeze payments to businesses harmed by its Deepwater Horizon oil spill as the oil giant waits to hear whether the high court will hear its appeal of the settlement agreement it reached with plaintiffs’ lawyers in 2012. In its fight to kill the uncapped oil-spill settlement agreement it helped design and then approved in 2012, BP has pushed its argument all the way to the Supreme Court. The company says oil spill fund administrator Patrick Juneau misinterpreted the agreement terms and is paying fictitious and inflated claims to businesses. However, ... Read More

Appeals court upholds BP’s multibillion dollar oil spill settlement agreement

BP lost another battle it waged against the giant, multi-billion dollar settlement agreement that compensates victims of its 2010 Gulf oil spill when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld federal Judge Carl Barbier’s approval of the agreement.   BP has repeatedly taken legal action against the agreement it helped design and approve as well as Judge Barbier, who affirmed it, and Patrick Juneau, who has administrated the fund since March 2012. BP has argued that a skewed interpretation of the agreement allows fictitious and inflated claims to be paid to businesses that weren’t truly impacted by the ... Read More

Second part of BP’s oil spill trial starts Monday

The second of three phases in a long trial to determine BP’s role and culpability for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill begins today in New Orleans. The London-based oil giant remains on the hook for potentially up to $18 billion dollars in per-barrel fines for violating the U.S. Clean Water Act with its massive 2010 oil spill, the worst in U.S. history. The second phase of BP’s oil-spill trial will help determine how many billions of dollars the corporation will pay in addition to the $42.4 billion it has already spent or reserved for cleanup of the spill, compensation for ... Read More

BP still trying to stall oil-spill claims payments, administrator Juneau says

Lawyers for Patrick Juneau, the oil-spill claims administrator appointed by BP and the court, lashed out at the oil giant Tuesday, accusing BP of attempting to undermine the claims process by cutting his budget and halting the payment of valid claims to individuals and business harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP has repeatedly pushed the court to invalidate terms of the settlement agreement it reached with plaintiffs’ lawyers in March 2012, asserting that the Mr. Juneau’s office has been paying fictitious and exaggerated claims. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is overseeing the BP’s oil spill litigation ... Read More

BP sues EPA in effort to recover new drilling contracts in Gulf of Mexico

BP’s legacy of environmental destruction, which started long before it created the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, has earned it a criminal record and a reputation as a big polluter that will stop at nothing to boost profits. But rather than adopting a genuinely responsible corporate culture and addressing its deficiencies, the oil giant has instead invested millions in deceptive commercials and newspaper advertisements designed to evoke public sympathy and recast itself as a company that Americans can count on to do the right thing. But little of that has worked so far, and now BP may be taking ... Read More

Judicial panel rejects motion to create another BP oil spill multidistrict litigation

A group of claimants allegedly harmed by BP’s 2010 oil spill who opted out of the March 2012 settlement agreement or were excluded from it have had their request to form a new multidistrict litigation (MDL) denied. The parties asked the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) that their claims against BP be consolidated into a new multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of Mississippi, separate from the giant MDL the JPML formed in federal court in New Orleans in August 2010. The settlement agreement reached between BP and the plaintiffs’ lawyers in March 2012 is designed to resolve hundreds ... Read More