Oil Spill

107 ABA Journal Oil Spill articles.

Kirkland & Ellis Is to Represent BP in Big-Ticket Oil Spill Litigation

A new matter for Kirkland & Ellis is likely to brighten the economic outlook for the well-known Chicago-based corporate law firm.

It will be representing longtime client BP concerning the…

Oil Spill $75M Damages Cap Wouldn’t Apply Under New Bill or Criminal Prosecution

A federal law caps liability at $75 million for the indirect costs of an oil cleanup, but the limit could fall by the wayside if criminal charges are filed in…

Debate on Bill to Rein In Tulane Law Clinic Comes at ‘Absurd’ Time, Critic Says

Updated: A bill being debated this week in Louisiana to rein in law school clinics couldn’t come at a worse time, according to a blogger and a newspaper editorial.

The…

Oil Spill Blame Game: Rig Owner & Sub Point Fingers at BP, Which Points Back

As Senate committee hearings began today on the oil rig explosion and resulting massive undersea well leak that has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for three weeks, two…

Class Action Suits Are Filed Over Gulf Oil Spill; Leak Could Be Gushing 25K Barrels Daily

Updated: Two commercial shrimpers have filed a federal lawsuit in Louisiana against the owner and operator of a oil rig that exploded and sank last week in the Gulf of…

‘River of Oil’ from Gulf Spill Hits La. Shore, Could Dwarf Exxon Valdez Damage

Updated: The blowout of an oil well being dug by a British Petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in a massive spill that could dwarf the environmental…

Footnote 17 in Exxon Decision Gets Dissed and Dissected

A footnote by Justice David H. Souter in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning $2.5 billion in punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez oil spill is prompting…

Will Court’s 1-1 Ratio in Maritime Case Have Broad Punitives Impact?

When Justice David H. Souter set a 1-1 ratio for punitive to compensatory damages in a majority opinion yesterday, he emphasized he could do so because the court was setting…

At Sea Over Punitives

Justices sail into murky waters over damages from infamous disaster

Federal Oil Spill Charges Possible

Federal prosecutors are investigating an oil spill last week in the San Francisco Bay, a move that could signal charges against crew members of the damaged ship that spilled 58,000…

Possible Split in Exxon Punitives Case

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has recused himself in Exxon Mobil’s appeal of a $2.5 billion punitive damages award, raising the possibility of a 4-4 split.

A tie vote in…

Exxon Valdez’s Next Stop is High Court

Litigation in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case will come to an end if the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a punitive-damages appeal.

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