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  • Treasury clears way for oil spill recovery grants

    October 14, 2014 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill. A department statement says that, so... more »
  • BP: Judge should amend "gross negligence" ruling

    October 3, 2014 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP has asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that could cost the oil giant around $18 billion in additional fines stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Attorneys for BP PLC say in a motion filed Thursday evening that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's... more »
  • Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

    September 24, 2014 5:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP wanted its money back - hundreds of millions of dollars of it - but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business. BP argued Wednesday that a... more »
  • Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

    September 24, 2014 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP wanted its money back - hundreds of millions of dollars of it - but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business. BP argued Wednesday that... more »
  • Judge hears oil spill cleanup workers' claims

    September 24, 2014 4:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases will hear arguments about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013. The oil company says that's only fair because Judge Carl... more »
  • Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

    September 5, 2014 4:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Thursday that the company... more »
  • Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill

    September 4, 2014 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties for polluting the Gulf of... more »
  • BP: oust claims head for conflict of interest

    September 2, 2014 5:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC has asked a federal judge to remove Patrick Juneau as administrator of damage claims from its 2010 oil spill, saying he failed to disclose a major conflict of interest. Tuesday's motion says Juneau represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and pushed for... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to billion dollar oil spill settlement

    September 2, 2014 11:49 AM

    HOUSTON - Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a large portion of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement is subject to court approval. Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf, killing 11 people and... more »
  • Fire extinguished following explosion at BP refinery Play Video

    August 28, 2014 3:17 AM

    WHITING, IN - A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes. BP America spokesman Scott Dean said early Thursday that the refinery, which is just east of Chicago, had "an operational incident" on a process unit about 9 p.m. He... more »
  • Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

    August 12, 2014 4:36 AM

    HOPEDALE - Oyster harvests along the Gulf Coast have declined dramatically in the four years since the BP oil spill. Even after a slight rebound last year, thousands of acres of Louisiana oyster beds are producing less than a third of what they did before the nation's worst offshore oil... more »
  • Trial to be week of March 9 for ex-BP exec

    August 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The tentative trial date is part of an order U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after... more »
  • BP asks US Supreme Court to hear settlement appeal

    August 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out part of its settlement of claims for damage from its vast oil spill in 2010. BP argues in a request late Friday that the settlement goes against rulings in other federal districts and by the Supreme Court... more »
  • Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec's case

    July 26, 2014 10:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a trial... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer's retrial postponed

    July 22, 2014 5:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction. Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt... more »
  • US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

    July 11, 2014 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal was filed in the case of Kurt Mix in federal courts... more »
  • Court examines charges in 2010 BP disaster deaths

    July 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to decide whether to reinstate some of the charges against two BP employees in a manslaughter case arising from the death of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert... more »
  • Ex-BP exec can be tried for obstructing Congress

    June 30, 2014 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans says a former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a Congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision posted Monday reversed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Kurt... more »
  • New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer

    June 12, 2014 6:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has thrown out the conviction of a former BP engineer who was convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, had been convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he deliberately deleted... more »
  • Claim investigator: fisherman should repay $50,000

    June 10, 2014 6:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court-appointed investigator says a fisherman should return more than $50,000 in BP oil spill claim money. Louis Freeh, the former FBI director appointed to investigate claims arising from the 2010 disaster, filed a federal court motion Tuesday to force the return of the money. Freeh says... more »
  • Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal

    June 9, 2014 11:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses. The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments... more »
  • Lawsuit supporters say more scholars call for veto

    June 6, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of a bill that would squelch a levee board's environmental lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies say they now have more than 70 legal scholars who say the bill also threatens state and local litigation over the 2010 BP lawsuit. The levee board lawsuit says... more »
  • Safety board faults key device in BP oil spill

    June 5, 2014 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal investigative board concludes that the last-ditch safety device that didn't stop the 2010 BP oil spill had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today. The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board zeroes in on what... more »
  • Court: BP must pay Clean Water Act fines for spill

    June 4, 2014 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says BP PLC and a minority partner in the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in an appeal by BP... more »
  • Court won't stop BP oil spill claims payments

    May 28, 2014 12:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims to businesses while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that it... more »
  • BP to ask Supreme Court to hear claims issue

    May 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement. On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider... more »
  • Budget lacking money for Gulf oil spill litigation

    May 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's budget for next year doesn't include any money for the state's ongoing litigation against BP for damages caused by the 2010 oil spill. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is asking lawmakers to add $15 million to the 2014-15 spending plans to continue the casework. Without it, Caldwell's... more »
  • Attempt to reinstate charge against former BP exec

    April 30, 2014 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors want a federal appeals court to reinstate criminal charges against a former BP executive. They allege that David Rainey obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Rainey is accused of not disclosing information on the amount of oil flowing into... more »
  • Federal agency plans June 5 report on BP spill

    April 19, 2014 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5. The Chemical Safety Board said in a Friday news release that the focus of its investigation is to... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer seeks sentencing delay

    March 27, 2014 7:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Kurt Mix was convicted in December for deleting text messages in what prosecutors said was an attempt to hamper the government's criminal... more »
  • Former BP executive gets delay in oil spill trial

    February 26, 2014 2:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has indefinitely delayed the trial of a former BP executive accused of lying to Congress about the amount of oil spewing from the company's blown-out well in 2010. David Rainey's trial had been scheduled to begin March 10. Rainey was BP's vice president of exploration... more »
  • Texas lawyer seeks hold on BP spill suit

    January 18, 2014 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Texas lawyer being sued by oil giant BP over allegations that he falsely claimed to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal court to delay the lawsuit while a criminal investigation plays out. Friday's filing on... more »
  • BP appeals ruling in dispute over spill settlement

    December 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is appealing a judge's rejection of its argument that claimants who can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn't receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs' lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal Thursday, two days... more »
  • BP: Settlement execs gave money to strip club

    December 24, 2013 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two former top officials at the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill say their recent resignations had nothing to do with the company's allegations that they frequented a New Orleans strip club that received a settlement payment. Kirk Fisher, the settlement program's... more »
  • Jury: BP engineer guilty

    December 18, 2013 10:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - After nearly three days of deliberations, a jury convicted a former BP engineer with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated on Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer... more »
  • BP sues lawyer over oil spill claims

    December 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing a Texas lawyer, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims more than half of the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts' client list were fake. BP says the fraud... more »
  • Jury to weigh ex-BP engineer's case for 2nd day

    December 17, 2013 8:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A jury will return to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors deliberated for roughly 90 minutes... more »
  • BP trial wraps up today

    December 16, 2013 7:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal trial is drawing to a close for a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on... more »
  • Judge rejects mistrial for former BP engineer

    December 10, 2013 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix. On Tuesday, defense lawyers said questions asked of witness Wilson Arabie improperly raised issues of whether Mix ordered copies made of spill-related documents in order to eliminate possibly incriminating... more »
  • BP notches win in bid to block settlement payments

    December 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Thursday noting the claims office will continue... more »
  • Gulf gets more restoration projects from BP fund

    December 6, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says coastal resiliency is important to President Barack Obama's climate action plan. Jewell was at a national park outside New Orleans Friday to describe the latest round of efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 BP oil spill. Money for... more »
  • Jury selection continues in BP engineer trial

    December 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jury selection is continuing in the case of a former BP engineer accused of obstruction of justice related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Justice Department has charged Kurt Mix with deleting text messages and voicemails in order to impede the investigation... more »
  • Jury selection begins in former BP engineer trial

    December 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial against a former BP engineer charged with deleting texts and voicemails about the response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice by the U.S.... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer charged over texts heads to trial

    December 1, 2013 10:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voice mails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jury selection for Kurt Mix's federal trial... more »
  • Court to hear arguments on BP oil spill settlement

    November 4, 2013 7:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A year ago, BP PLC urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve its... more »
  • Lawyer fired from BP claims program sues company

    October 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- An attorney who was fired by the court-supervised administrator of BP's settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents is suing her former employer and the London-based oil giant. In a defamation lawsuit filed Monday in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Christine Reitano argues that claims administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Former Halliburton manager pleads guilty

    October 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former manager for Halliburton pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill. Anthony Badalamenti's guilty plea in U.S District Court today comes with a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing will take place in January. Badalamenti... more »
  • BP trial to focus on scientists' spill estimates

    October 7, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The focus of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP's blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting... more »
  • BP trial to focus on scientists' spill estimates

    October 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Experts for oil giant BP and the federal government will make their cases this week on one of the most contentious debates that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill: how much oil got into the ocean. At stake are billions of dollars in penalties under... more »
  • Judge set to preside over 2nd phase of BP trial

    September 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's 86-day struggle to stop the flow of oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico will be the focus of a trial scheduled to resume Monday in federal court. BP insists it was prepared to respond to the deadly disaster, but plaintiffs' attorneys... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to $200,000 fine

    September 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge accepted the plea deal today. Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. It comes after data was deleted for a... more »
  • Judge asked to dismiss BP rig supervisors' charges

    September 18, 2013 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have asked a federal judge to dismiss the manslaughter charges against their clients. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Wednesday after hearing arguments by Justice Department... more »
  • BP seeks cuts in settlement program's budget

    September 12, 2013 9:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing Wednesday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Court asked to uphold BP settlement approval

    September 4, 2013 8:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered a multi-billion dollar settlement with BP following the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's approval of the deal. In a court filing Tuesday, the private lawyers say only a "paltry few objectors" have raised the... more »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    August 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
  • Oil spill restoration overseers approve 1st plan

    August 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says the committee that will oversee some of BP PLC's oil spill fines hopes to put money into restoration projects within 12 months. Pritzker spoke as chairwoman of the federal-state Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which will oversee 80 percent of BP's... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
  • Dwindling BP grant money a tourism concern

    August 27, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said today that even after a record-setting year for Louisiana tourism, the budget is still a concern. Dardenne said 26.3 million people visited the state in 2012, generating $665 million in tax revenue. He said the concern is over the dwindling grant... more »
  • Internal probe: No fraud at Ala. claims center

    August 26, 2013 9:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud. BP said it received a tip in... more »
  • 3 prosecutors ask out of ex-BP engineer's case

    August 22, 2013 7:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three Justice Department prosecutors have asked to withdraw from the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday's request to withdraw Derek Cohen,... more »
  • Firm challenges hold on processing its BP claims

    August 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm has asked a federal judge to lift a hold on processing BP oil spill claims for hundreds of its clients while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates allegations of misconduct by an attorney who referred a client to the firm. A court... more »
  • Man arrested for fraud in oil spill claim

    August 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 66-year-old Buras man has been arrested, accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat in order to obtain settlement money from BP. The Advocate reports Limauel Lee Watson was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday night on counts of injuring public... more »
  • BP ordered to pay settlement administrator $130M

    August 7, 2013 12:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled Wednesday that BP is obligated to fund the... more »
  • Judge intervenes as BP balks at paying claims czar

    August 7, 2013 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court hearing is set for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a letter, BP claims... more »
  • BP cites new fraud allegations in spill settlement

    August 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... more »
  • Halliburton enters plea to BP spill-related charge

    July 31, 2013 2:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on Sept. 19 for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanor charge. Although company attorneys entered a... more »
  • Halliburton has incentive to cut another deal

    July 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton has resolved a Justice Department criminal probe of its role in the Gulf oil spill by agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine and admitting it destroyed evidence, but the company still has a powerful incentive to cut another deal with businesses and residents. The plea agreement... more »
  • Judge delays 2nd phase of trial over BP oil spill

    July 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered a two-week delay of the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Friday moved the start of the second phase from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30 to give... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    July 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while... more »
  • Judge urged to let BP settlement payments continue

    July 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with... more »
  • Judge to hear BP bid to halt payouts

    July 17, 2013 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP's bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. On Tuesday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while... more »
  • Claims chief vows to fight fraud

    July 17, 2013 12:04 AM

    HAMMOND- The chief of BP claims dealing with the oil spill of 2010 said he's committed to fighting fraud. A special hotline has been set-up for people to report potential fraud dealing with the disaster three years ago. "We will pay legitimate claims but we will not pay... more »
  • BP sets up anti-fraud hotline for spill claims

    July 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has... more »
  • Appeals court hearing BP challenge on spill claims

    July 8, 2013 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for BP PLC says "irreparable injustices" are taking place because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making settlement payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ted Olson argued Monday in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
  • Appeals court to hear dispute over BP settlement

    July 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP's massive Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday by attorneys for the... more »
  • Trial delayed for ex-BP executive in spill probe

    July 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Wednesday to give... more »
  • Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

    July 2, 2013 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday... more »
  • Coast Guard taps new Gulf cleanup coordinator

    July 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... more »
  • Judge: Determining size of BP spill no "easy task"

    June 27, 2013 5:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge presiding over a trial arising from the nation's worst offshore oil spill says it could be difficult to determine how much crude spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's busted well in 2010. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier noted during a hearing Thursday... more »
  • BP mounts ad campaign in spill settlement dispute

    June 25, 2013 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is placing a full-page advertisement in three of the nation's largest newspapers as the company mounts an aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The ad scheduled to... more »
  • Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf is pledging to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys. Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a statement Friday that both BP and claimants "rightfully expect fairness... more »
  • BP calls for independent probe of claims lawyer

    June 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP is calling for an independent probe of allegations of misconduct against a lawyer working for the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement of Gulf oil spill claims. The lawyer is accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had... more »
  • Ex-BP employees face new indictments over spill

    June 19, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors have secured new indictments against a former BP engineer and a former BP executive charged separately with obstructing investigations of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Wednesday's indictment of former BP executive David Rainey adds language alleging that he knew of... more »
  • End of BP cleaning crews leaves questions on Gulf

    June 16, 2013 10:24 AM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Environmental advocates and others are questioning the decision to quit using crews to look for tar balls left by the BP oil spill on Gulf Coast beaches in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. The patrols ended this month as coastal monitoring reverted to the way it operated... more »
  • Cleanup work after BP oil spill ending in 3 states

    June 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the... more »
  • BP rig supervisors challenge manslaughter counts

    May 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory. Court filings Thursday by Robert Kaluza and... more »
  • Oil spill restoration overseers release draft plan

    May 27, 2013 8:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- There's now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast's natural resources and economy. The document released Thursday doesn't include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects... more »
  • Judge tosses ex-BP executive's obstruction charge

    May 20, 2013 4:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed one of the two counts in the indictment of a former BP executive who was charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil leaking in 2010 from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • Judge delays ex-BP engineer's trial

    May 17, 2013 3:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start June 10, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer claims feds withheld evidence

    May 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico claims that Justice Department prosecutors withheld evidence and should be sanctioned. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. didn't immediately rule Tuesday on whether sanctions... more »
  • Ex-BP executive's trial delayed

    May 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP executive. David Rainey is charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Rainey's trial was scheduled... more »
  • Bryant: $69M more from BP for Gulf restoration

    May 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following, says Gov. Phil Bryant. The money is part of $1 billion the oil giant agreed two years ago to pay for early restoration work after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • BP agrees to pay $340 million for restoration projects

    April 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    LAFITTE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that BP agreed to fund approximately $340 million in restoration projects for Louisiana. It's part of the $1 billion that BP agreed to invest for early restoration of natural resources damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The restoration will include... more »
  • Oil spill judge: What is gross negligence?

    April 24, 2013 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The judge who will allocate responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has told lawyers to give him their views about whether a series of negligent acts can add up to gross negligence. The Justice Department and private plaintiffs' attorneys contend that BP PLC acted... more »
  • Haliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

    April 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster. Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The... more »
  • Testimony ends for 1st phase of BP spill trial

    April 17, 2013 6:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Testimony has concluded for the first phase of a high-stakes trial over the deadly 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't rule Wednesday on any claims in the litigation after BP PLC wrapped up its defense.... more »
  • BP manager testifies at trial over Gulf oil spill

    April 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A BP team leader who supervised managers on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says he was frustrated by last-minute changes to the drilling project but didn't have any safety concerns before the deadly blast. John Guide was the first witness to... more »
  • BP calls 1st witness at trial over Gulf spill

    April 8, 2013 10:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP's first witness at a trial over the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster says the company safely drilled its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico before an April 2010 blowout triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Retired LSU petroleum engineering professor Adam "Ted" Bourgoyne Jr. is... more »

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