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Lawyers ask Scalia to throw out BP’s bid to stall spill payments

June 2, 2014, 4:51 pm

Originally posted by Collin Eaton - Houston Chronicle - June 2nd, 2014

HOUSTON – Plaintiffs’ attorneys on Monday called BP’s latest attempt to suspend some oil spill payments “buyer’s remorse” for its multibillion-dollar settlement and argued the oil company’s claims of fraud are bogus.

In a court filing on Monday, Louisiana attorneys asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to throw out the oil company’s request to restore a freeze on payments to thousands of businesses that  say the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster wrecked the coastal economy and inflicted financial harm on them.

BP Loses Bid to Stall Spill Payments During Appeal

May 27, 2014, 3:54 pm

Originally posted by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Calkins - Bloomberg News - May 27th, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) can’t delay writing checks for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review disputed payments in its $9.2 billion accord over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The U.S. Court of Appeals (1007L:US) in New Orleans today rejected BP’s request to extend a halt on payments to businesses that can’t directly prove they were damaged by the spill while the company seeks review by the Supreme Court.

Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not

May 21, 2014, 10:22 am

Originally posted by Richard Thompson - New Orleans Advocate - 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 payments of certain claims can resume.

Other experts, though, say the ongoing legal challenges by BP must finish working their way through the courts first.

Appeals court won't rehear BP settlement issue

May 19, 2014, 7:22 pm

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.

The truth behind the spin: What BP doesn’t want you to know about the Gulf oil spill

May 5, 2014, 1:22 pm

Originally posted by Lindsay Abrams - - May 4, 2014

The best time to find tarballs on Louisiana’s shorelines is directly after a thunderstorm, when the waves churn up the oil carpeting the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and deposit its weathered remnants onto the beach.

That’s according to Jonathan Henderson, and he should know – he’s been tracking tar for four years now, ever since the day, back in April 2010, when he took his first flight over the Gulf of Mexico to survey the plume of oil shooting out from BP’s Macondo Prospect.

How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target

April 28, 2014, 10:38 am

Originally posted by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz - New York Times - April 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — 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 the airwaves with contrite pledges to make thousands of businesses and workers whole, from shrimpers to hotel owners to charter boat operators.

Refuting The U.S. Chamber’s BP Position

April 22, 2014, 9:05 am

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, not to be confused with your altruistic local chamber on Main Street, is at the beck and call of big business and Wall Street. Evidence of this cozy allegiance resurfaced last month when the U.S. Chamber filed a legal brief supporting BP’s attempt to renege on its Settlement Agreement.

Dear 5th Circuit, BP has had its day in court

April 15, 2014, 2:36 pm

Originally posted by Tom Young - The Legal Examiner - April 7, 2014

It has been over two years since BP “agreed” to a 1,000+ page Settlement Agreement negotiated and drafted by the company’s tony Manhattan attorneys. It’s high time to enforce it.

Delay, Deny, Defend

This Settlement Agreement – a Contract – promised to objectively determine who was harmed by BP’s negligence, putting an end to the disastrously subjective Gulf Coast Claims Facility in favor of a Court Supervised Settlement Program. Instead, through BP’s legal machinations and public relations stunts, the claims administration process has ground to a halt, with no business economic loss claims being paid in over six months and no end to the payment prohibition in sight.

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

March 26, 2014, 11:42 am

Originally posted by Greg Palast - - March 23, 2014

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline 25 years ago on March 24, 1989.

The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.

Study finds Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused heart defects in young tuna, amberjack

March 25, 2014, 8:39 am

Originally posted by Craig Pittman - Tampa Bay Times - March 24, 2014

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of amberjack, bluefin and yellowfin tunas, federal scientists announced Monday.

Those heart defects likely mean an early death for those fish exposed to the oil, although what the further implications might be for the future of the species are unknown at this point. Bluefin tuna in particular are already a species in jeopardy, in part due to the demand from sushi restaurants.

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