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class action lawsuits filed over bp oil spill in the gulf of mexico

Beasley Allen has filed two class action lawsuits against British Petroleum (“BP”) and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm seeks to represent individuals and businesses 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 natural resources;
increased costs of public services;
and loss of revenues.
who is at risk?

Victims of the oil spill may include:

Companies and individuals involved in the commercial fishing, oyster and shrimping industry;
Companies and individuals involved in the seafood processing/packaging industry;
Dock and Marina owners/operators;
Commercial and private boat owners;
Waterfront property owners and restaurants;
City, County or State governments.
Damages related to this disaster may include real or personal property damages; loss of profits and earning capacity; loss of subsistence use of natural resources; increased costs of public services; and, loss of government revenue.

Plaintiffs Steering Committee in BP Gulf oil spill litigation announces settlement in principle with BP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 2, 2012 – NEW ORLEANS – The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) spearheading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill today announced that a settlement in principle has been reached with BP that will fully compensate hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy. The settlement is to be fully funded by BP, with no cap on the amount BP will pay. BP is obligated to fully satisfy all eligible claims under the terms of the Court supervised settlement, irrespective of the funds previously set aside. The agreement will resolve the majority of private ... Read More

U.S. Justice Department ready for BP oil spill trial, Attorney General says

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that the Justice Department is ready to go to trial next week against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that left vast sections of the Gulf Coast awash in sticky crude. “We are prepared to go to trial. We were ready to go to trial yesterday,” Mr. Holder told the Congressional panel, alluding to the one-week trial start delay ordered by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the BP oil-spill litigation in New Orleans. The trial was originally set to begin on ... Read More

Start of BP oil spill trial delayed one week

The trial to determine liability for the largest oil spill in U.S. history was set to begin Feb. 27, in New Orleans, Louisiana. However, Judge Carl Barbier, under whom the litigation is consolidated in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, pushed the start date back one week, to March 5. The litigation surrounds the explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform on April 20, 2010, which killed 11 workers and released thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Lawyers on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PFC), including Beasley Allen attorney Rhon Jones, are representing the ... Read More

Plaintiffs lawyers prepared for BP oil spill trial set to begin in New Orleans

Beasley Allen lawyer Rhon Jones, who is serving on the plaintiffs steering committee for the BP oil spill litigation, told the Troy Messenger that he feels confident about the case, which is set to begin trial in U.S. District Court in New Orleans Monday. The case against BP and its partner companies for their role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion is considered by many legal analysts to be the biggest environmental lawsuit the world has ever seen. The case against BP for the disastrous oil spill that harmed thousands of individuals and businesses along the Gulf Coast has so ... Read More

BP, Anadarko will pay civil penalties for oil spill, judge rules

BP and minority partner Anadarko Petroleum Corp. will have to pay civil penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act that led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over BP oil-spill litigation, ruled Wednesday. The fines are calculated on a per-barrel basis and will be determined at a later date. According to the Clean Water Act, fines can range from $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled to $4,300 per barrel, with the higher charges levied should gross negligence be ruled a factor in the cause of the oil spill. Additionally, ... Read More

Gulf states are one step closer to acquiring BP oil-spill fines

Legislators from the Gulf States are one step closer to making sure billions of dollars in oil-spill fine money collected from BP’s violations of the Clean Water Act will go to the Gulf Coast states rather than into the federal government’s general fund. The House gave approval last week to an amendment that would apportion 80 percent of the fine money to the Gulf States directly harmed by the disastrous 2010 oil spill, but they are still in a race against the clock to make sure the amendment gets Senate approval before the oil-spill fines are determined and collected in ... Read More

BP settles oil-spill dispute with drilling fluid supplier

BP and supplier M-I Swaco, a Houston-based drilling mud supplier, agreed Friday to settle all claims with each other over the Deepwater Horizon explosion that led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. M-I Swaco, also known as M-I LLC, provided drilling fluid to BP for use in the Macondo well. As it did with other companies that had a hand in the Macondo well operation, BP sought a payout from the supplier, blaming the Deepwater Horizon explosion on it in part. In a claim filed last June, BP claims that M-I “failed to provide, control, and monitor the ... Read More

BP partner MOEX settles oil-spill claims with U.S., state governments

MOEX Offshore, a 10-percent owner in BP’s Macondo well, agreed Friday to pay the federal government and Gulf states $90 million to settle claims involving BP’s 2010 oil spill, which left hundreds of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico awash in crude oil. The settlement includes the largest Clean Water Act penalties ever recovered by the U.S. government. The settlement was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, where the BP oil-spill trial will open on February 27. MOEX agreed to pay the U.S. government $45 million in civil penalties, $25 million to all of the Gulf states, ... Read More

Court orders medical examination of “too sick to testify” BP manager

Transocean Ltd., the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and collapsed into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, wants to question one of BP’s well site leaders in preparation for the upcoming liability trial in New Orleans. But there is one problem with Transocean’s request: the BP employee in question says he is too sick to testify under oath, either in person or in writing. Transocean considers BP employee David Vidrine to be “a key source of information regarding critical events and operations that occurred immediately prior to the blowout.” In response to Mr. Vidrine’s medical claims, the ... Read More

Weatherford off the hook for oil-spill penalties, punitive damages

Weatherford U.S. LP, a Swiss oilfield service company that built key parts of BP’s failed Macondo well, will not have to face civil or criminal penalties and punitive damages for its role in the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. District Judge Judge Carl Barbier said Friday. Weatherford designed and built the doomed well’s float collar, a device that sat at the well’s opening three miles below the seafloor. The device was supposed to ensure the cement poured into the well did not rise to the surface before it had time to set. Federal investigations ... Read More