Mississippi Tagged Articles

Appeals court rejects BP’s bid to rewrite oil spill settlement terms

Posted: March 6, 2014 Environmental

Businesses seeking compensation for losses caused by BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill do not have to prove they were directly harmed by the disaster to collect payments, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

BP fails to delay oil-spill compensation to seafood works

Posted: February 28, 2014 Environmental

NEW ORLEANS, La. — A federal judge on Wednesday denied BP’s request to suspend payments to seafood industry claimants seeking oil spill compensation from a $2.3-billion fund, saying BP’s allegations of fraud against a lawyer representing some of the claimants

Lower Mississippi River reopens after oil spill prompted shutdown

Posted: February 26, 2014 Environmental

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Coast Guard reopened a stretch of the lower Mississippi River to water traffic Monday after an oil spill from a tank barge collision forced its closure Saturday afternoon, shuttering the Port of New Orleans,

Latest Gulf oil disasters portend bigger problems for the future, conservationists say

Posted: February 22, 2014 Environmental

Dozens of workers were evacuated from a natural gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico Jan. 30 after it began spewing methane gas into the air and continued out of control into the next day. Although no workers were reportedly

BP oil spill toxicity damaging hearts in Gulf tuna, new scientific study finds

Posted: February 20, 2014 Environmental

A new study of the BP oil spill’s lingering effects on Gulf of Mexico marine life has found that a chemical contained in the crude oil interferes with heart cells in tuna, exposing fish populations to higher risk of disruptions

Florida hospital operator faces eight whistleblower cases alleging Medicare fraud and kickbacks

Posted: January 18, 2014 Consumer Fraud

The federal government has intervened in eight separate whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act against Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA), a Naples, Fla.-based company that operates 71 hospitals in 15 states including Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The lawsuits

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

Posted: January 14, 2014 Environmental

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.

Hospira recalls more vials of anesthetic Lidocaine due to contamination

Posted: December 28, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Hospira has had its share of recalls during 2013 due to quality control issues with its injectable drugs. Once again, with just a week left in the calendar year, the pharmaceutical company has ordered another recall. The latest action involves

Dolphin deaths, disease directly linked to BP oil spill, new report finds

Posted: December 20, 2013 Environmental

Bottlenose dolphins living in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay region have lung disease and adrenal hormone deficiencies, U.S. government scientists concluded in a new report connecting BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to surging dolphin deaths and disease for the first time.

Pontchartrain bridge officials mull safety improvements after another truck crashes into lake

Posted: October 3, 2013 Personal Injury

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials told New Orleans’ WVUE that the bridge’s southbound lanes need to undergo safety improvements to prevent more trucks and other vehicles from plunging into the lake, a tragically common problem on the