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Broken lights, marsh fire, fog may have contributed to New Orleans I-10 pileup

A deadly pileup of more than 40 vehicles on Interstate 10 West outside New Orleans Thursday killed two Louisiana men and injured 62 others, many of them critically. Pictures and raw video of the pre-dawn pileup show the mangled wreckage of several cars and pickup trucks scattered across all lanes of the interstate about three-quarters of a mile before the exit 246 A&B and the I-510 interchange. Several motorists who were involved in the crash said that either smoke from a marsh fire, fog, or both abruptly reduced visibility, making driving conditions hazardous. One survivor of the crash told the ... Read More

BP tells court Halliburton destroyed key oil-spill evidence

BP levied some hefty accusations against Halliburton Energy Services in court Monday, claiming the company intentionally destroyed cement samples, test results, and computer models that would have demonstrated the contractor’s culpability in the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP contracted Halliburton to make and pour the cement slurry for the Macondo well, which sat more than a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon oil platform. The cement plays a critical role in deep-sea drilling operations; its performance in the well shaft can prevent or permit a blowout of oil and gas from deep within the oil reservoir. Papers filed by ... Read More

Woman sues transvaginal mesh makers for $1.5 million

Manufacturers of surgical mesh used to repair pelvic floor disorders are being sued for $1.5 million by a Louisiana woman who claims the medical device is defective. The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in New Orleans against Johnson & Johnson Inc. and Ethicon Inc. The woman’s lawsuit claims that Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor System, the Gynecare TVT System, the Gynecare TVT Obturator System, the Gynecare TVT Secure System, the Gynecare Prolift Anterior, Posterior, and/or Total Pelvic Floor System, and the Gynecare Prolift + M Pelvic Floor Repair System are defective transvaginal mesh products. Transvaginal mesh is a type of ... Read More

Two new court rulings concerning Gulf oil spill go against BP

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Oil giant BP is doing everything it can to sew its pockets and recover the billions of dollars it lost in the wake of its disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but things don’t always go its way. This week, despite BP’s best efforts to steer court opinion in a direction favorable to its future interests and liability, the oil giant lost two major rulings. Considering the agonizing slowness with which the Gulf Coast Claims Facility approves and pays claims to millions of individuals and businesses harmed by its oil spill, one of this week’s rulings ... Read More

Farm trucks often exempted from commercial regulations, but not from liability

Throughout the Midwest, farmers are harvesting their final crops of the season, which means more large farm trucks laden with grain are out on the roads, hauling their produce to suppliers. Here in the Deep South, the story is much the same; big rigs carrying tons of cotton and other harvests to market share the roads with other motorists. The federal government allows states to mandate whether a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required for drivers of farm trucks in their respective states. Not surprisingly, Alabama and other primarily agricultural states have instituted lax laws for farm vehicles in an ... Read More

Feds give BP green light to resume deepwater Gulf drilling

It’s been little more than a year since BP successfully plugged its blown-out Macondo well, and the effects of that catastrophic oil spill still abound on the Gulf Coast and deep beneath the surface. Years or even decades may pass before scientists finally get a handle on the spill’s impact, but that unfortunate mystery hasn’t stopped BP from acquiring the right to drill another exploratory well in the Gulf much like the Macondo well, only deeper. The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has cleared BP to drill the well about 250 miles south of ... Read More

BP settles Gulf oil spill dispute with partner Anadarko

BP has settled a legal dispute with another of its Macondo well partners over damages stemming from the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 workers and set off the 5-million-barrel Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum, a 25-precent owner in the Macondo venture, has agreed to drop its claims of gross negligence against BP and give the oil giant one cash payment of $4 billion in exchange for indemnification for certain legal claims. Although the agreement is not an admission of liability for Anadarko, it could help BP in a forthcoming trial that will determine ... Read More

BP to Gulf Coast Claims Facility: Stop paying claims for future losses

Communities and business harmed by BP’s oil spill have recovered and business is booming, according to a myopic BP memo sent to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). The document advises the fund’s manager to stop paying on claims made for future losses because, BP argues, the Gulf of Mexico is healed and anyone harmed by last year’s devastating spill won’t need future assistance from the $20-billion relief fund. “Multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that, to the extent that portions of the Gulf economy were impacted by the spill, recovery had occurred by the end of 2010, and that positive ... Read More

BP asks court to keep blowout preventer in neutral hands

Ever since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, BP, its partners, and its contractors have been at odds with one another, ensconced in legal efforts to share liability and mitigate hefty financial losses. This week, the feud escalated between BP and Deepwater Horizon owner Transocean, with both companies trying to gain possession of the failed blowout preventer (BOP) that federal investigators will release back into private hands. Transocean owned and had leased the Deepwater Horizon rig and its blowout preventer to BP for exploratory drilling since 2007. The 300-ton BOP sat atop the ... Read More

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against makers of Darvocet

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the makers of the newly banned painkiller Darvocet by a woman who claims the drug caused her mother to suffer a fatal heart attack. Peggy Oniate, individually and as a representative of the estate of her mother, Elizabeth Houlihan, filed the suit against Eli Lilly and Co., Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., Vintage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Endo Pharmaceuticals in federal court in New Orleans. Houlihan reportedly began taking Darvocet or its generic version sometime in 2009 and continued to take the drug until her fatal heart attack in May 2010. The ... Read More