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Judge rejects request to delay in oil spill penalties

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is refusing to delay a pending ruling on how much BP will have to pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The request was made Monday by Texas lawyer Brent Coon, who represents plaintiffs with various claims against BP resulting from the spill. Coon had asked for ...

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BP wins right to appeal some Gulf spill damages claims

A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday said BP Plc deserves the right to appellate review of some damage claims awarded to people and businesses in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could help BP limit its payout to victims of the explosion of ...

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Claims administrator in oil spill case gets subpoena power

NEW ORLEANS — The administrator of claims arising from a settlement over economic damages caused by the 2010 BP oil spill has been granted subpoena power. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bee-aye) on Wednesday granted a motion seeking subpoena power by administrator Patrick Juneau. Juneau filed the motion last week. It noted that the power to investigate possibly fraudulent claims ...

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As final fine decision looms, BP argues for $2 billion cap

In the immediate months after the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010, BP maintained that it would take responsibility for the incident and pay whatever fines came with it. Now, however, that doesn’t seem to ring true for the company. In its final filing with the federal court, BP argued that any fine greater than $2 billion—just 15 percent of the ...

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Judge approves jury trials for medical lawsuits over spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled oil spill cleanup workers who sue BP for medical problems that surface later in life have the right to make their case before a jury. The BP oil spill medical settlement reached in 2012 was set up to pay cleanup workers and others who experienced certain illnesses during the immediate aftermath of ...

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Judge: Jury can decide Alabama’s Gulf-oil-spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A judge says Alabama’s Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bih-aye) in New Orleans ...

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U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is appealing a federal court ruling that reduced the potential penalty BP Plc must pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by almost $4 billion. The appeal, which was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, challenges a January decision by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier that set the ...

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Lawyers sanctioned over misconduct with BP damage claims

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has barred three lawyers — including one who worked inside a court-supervised facility — from handling damage claims over BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly set up a system of payments to help speed claims through the process. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued sanctions against lawyers Lionel ...

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BP appeals U.S. judge’s ruling on size of Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS – BP Plc on Monday appealed a federal judge’s finding of the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which leaves the company potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion in fines. In January, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans ruled that 3.19 million barrels of oil had spilled into the Gulf as a result ...

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