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  • December 28, 2015 | In the Media
      From The National Law Journal: “Feds Snag Significant Tort Wins: Massive civil, criminal fines mark 2015 cases,” by Amanda Bronstad December 28, 2015: Mass torts were at the heart of colossal legal settlements in 2015, particularly involving the federal government. In October, BP PLC agreed to an unprecedented $20 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve environmental violations that stemmed from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One month earlier, the Justice...
  • May 11, 2015 | In the Media
    From the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL: "It's Plaintiffs' Turn to Attack BP Deal" by Amanda Bronstad May 11, 2015: Lead plaintiffs attorneys petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last month to reverse changes to the way claim amounts are calculated. Those accounting changes were put into place after that court agreed with BP PLC that the claims administrator was using an accounting method that could have paid thousands of businesses with no oil-spill losses. "What turns out to be a...
  • January 19, 2015 | In the Media
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:  “Could BP, Feds settle in massive 2010 oil spill civil case?” by Jennifer Larino NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2015 - BP faces a top fine of $13.7 billion for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, down from a possible $18 billion after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the spill was smaller than the federal government had estimated. […] But could the latest ruling push both sides into settlement talks? "Lawyers are intrinsically conservative,"...
  • January 16, 2015 | In the Media
    Dozens of lawyers will return to a New Orleans federal courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 20) to begin the final leg of arguments over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill -- its cause, its impact, and, ultimately, its price tag in pollution fines. [...] BP reports it has set aside $43 billion to cover spill costs, including more than $25 billion for litigation and claims. "If nothing else the legal expense that was plowed into this will be a cautionary tale for deepwater exploration in places like the Gulf and...
  • August 07, 2014 | In the Media
    From The Times-Picayune: "4 Reasons BPs Supreme Court settlement appeal faces an uphill battle" by Jennifer Larino, Times-Picayune Reporter  August 5, 2014: BP has spent much of this year working to convince federal courts in New Orleans that a flawed interpretation of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement deal has allowed millions of dollars in payments to go to what it says are undeserving businesses. It's been an uphill battle for the British oil giant, which...
  • June 11, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE: "Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal" by Richard Thompson NEW ORLEANS, June 09, 2014: British oil giant BP will have to continue paying claims from its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement while it tries to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to tighten the rules governing which businesses can get money. BP had asked the nation’s highest court to issue a stay on those claims while it pursued its appeal of a lower court ruling. But the court declined...
  • May 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not” by Richard Thompson May 21, 2014: Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled...
  • May 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not” by Richard Thompson May 21, 2014: Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled...
  • April 28, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEW YORK TIMES: "How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target" by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz NEW ORLEANS, April 26, 2014 — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well. Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated...
  • March 17, 2014 | In the Media
    From VOICE OF RUSSIA: "EPA lets BP back in the offshore game, with some strings attached" by David Kerans WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 (VR) — BP’s public relations nightmare from the colossal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is slowly winding down, and the EPA’s decision to allow the company once again to bid for licenses to drill for oil and gas offshore in US territorial waters is another step towards normalcy. Speaking with Radio VR’s David Kerans, David A. Logan, dean of Roger Williams...
  • January 23, 2014 | In the Media
    From New Orleans' THE ADVOCATE: "BP takes aim at federal judge’s son" by Richard Thompson NEW ORLEANS, February 10, 2014: When David Duval found himself out of a job in 2012, the former lawyer had a powerful ally in his corner: his father, U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. [...] Duval is just one example of alleged cronyism that BP has trotted out in the campaign it is waging both in court and before the public. In a series of full-page newspaper ads in the New York Times and...
  • September 30, 2013 |
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "BP oil spill trial's second phase, starting Monday, will play key role in deciding massive fines" by Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com Sept. 30, 2013: Dozens of lawyers return to a federal courtroom in New Orleans on Monday to begin a month-long argument over whether BP's efforts to stem the 87-day flow of oil from its April 2010 Macondo well blowout were adequate and how much oil was released. The trial will help determine BP's Clean Water Act fines [...] On...
  • August 14, 2013 |
    From VOICE OF RUSSIA: "BP suing EPA to regain access to US government contracts" by Kim Brown WASHINGTON (August 15, 2013)— Oil and gas giant BP is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in protest against the agency's prohibition on granting BP new government contracts. The EPA imposed the restrictions following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. According to the oil company, this has already cost them billions of dollars. Voice of Russia host Kim Brown spoke with David A. Logan, Dean of...
  • July 09, 2013 |
    From the NewOrleans Times-Picayune: “BP to challenge oil spill settlement payments Monday in 5th Circuit” by Richard Thompson, NOLA.com July 06, 2013: Lawyers for BP will argue Monday before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that what could amount to billions of dollars in settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who lost money in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill should be halted, contending that the terms of the deal are being misinterpreted. […] David Logan, the law...
  • February 26, 2013 |
    From The Voice of Russia Radio: "BP Deepwater Trial Begins" by Victoria Mashkova    WASHINGTON, Feb 25, 2013 09:10 Moscow Time: BP's trial for the Deepwater Horizon explosion begins in New Orleans today. Voice of Russia's Victoria Mashkova talks with David A. Logan, the Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law: Logan calls the Deepwater trial "one of the most complicated cases that the United States courts have ever seen." There are actions being brought against BP by...