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  • June 11, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • October 01, 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 15, 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...
  • February 25, 2013
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "BP oil spill trial begins Monday in New Orleans almost three years after one of the worst spills in U.S. history" by Mark Schleifstein and Richard Thompson, Staff writers February 22, 2013, updated February 25, 2013: The long-awaited civil trial against BP and its partners in the ill-fated Macondo oil well is slated to begin Monday in federal court in New Orleans, setting the stage for a three-month proceeding to assign liability potentially worth tens of...
  • January 05, 2013
    From the New Orleans TIMES-PICAUNE: "Unlike BP, Transocean likely off the hook for felony charges related to workers' deaths in 2010 Gulf spill Oil Rig Explosion" by Richard Thompson, NOLA.com January 04, 2013: Like their counterparts at BP, executives at Transocean Ltd. are likely breathing easier with the looming unknowns of civil and criminal fines and penalties now settled for their role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, legal experts and industry analysts following the...
  • April 05, 2011
    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico brought some of the costliest and most complex litigation to the U.S. justice system to date. To better understand the legal ramifications and legacy of the BP oil crisis, Roger Williams University School of Law offers three scholars to provide expert analysis and commentary as the story continues to unfold. To arrange an interview, contact Michael Bowden at (401) 254-3881 or Ruth Bazinet at (401) 254-3805. David A. Logan Dean, Roger...