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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

4 Years After BP Spill, Questions On Long-Term Health

April 11, 2014 7:55 am | by Kevin McGill and Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some 33,000 people, including Barisich, are participating in a massive federal study that aims...

Former BP Engineer Gets Sentencing Delay

April 2, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Mix, 52, of Katy, Texas, was accused of deliberately deleting text messages to and from a...

Panel: Oil Spill Claims Don't Need Direct Harm

March 4, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

The ruling could clear the way for payments to resume from a settlement administrator after they...

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Fraud Allegations At Center Of Oil Spill Hearing

February 26, 2014 12:38 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has agreed to delay a lawsuit against a Texas lawyer accused by BP of falsely claiming to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Wednesday agreed to the delay while a criminal case against attorney Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts unfolds.

Way Cleared For Medical Claims In 2010 BP Spill

February 14, 2014 7:57 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' action Tuesday involves a settlement approved by a federal judge in January 2013 between BP, workers and some coastal residents who said they were injured or sickened during the spill cleanup.   

Judge Asked To Remove BP Settlement Probe Leader

January 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawyer targeted in an investigation of the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal judge to disqualify former FBI director Louis Freeh from reviewing and acting on any allegations involving the attorney.

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Halliburton Manager Gets Probation In Gulf Spill

January 21, 2014 2:17 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager apologized to his family and friends Tuesday before a federal judge sentenced him to one year of probation for destroying evidence in the aftermath of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.     

Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

January 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Feds Still Weighing Appeal In BP Supervisors' Case

January 10, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge agreed Thursday to extend a deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to appeal the dismissal of some manslaughter counts against two BP employees charged in the deadly 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Fishermen Sue Texas Lawyer In BP Claims Dispute

January 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Vietnamese fishermen sued a Texas lawyer on Tuesday over allegations that he falsely claimed to represent thousands of deckhands to secure a lucrative appointment on a committee of attorneys representing victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Study: Many Dolphins Sick A Year After Gulf Oil Spill

December 19, 2013 1:08 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen of the 29 dolphins examined in 2011 were in guarded, poor or grave condition. That compared to one out of 15 caught for comparison in Sarasota Bay, Fla., which was not involved in the spill, according to the study published Wednesday in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Ex-BP Engineer Convicted On Single Obstruction Charge

December 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal jury deliberated for more than nine hours over three days before reaching the verdict on Kurt Mix's case. The count of obstruction of justice carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

BP Sues Lawyer Over Oil Spill Claim Filings

December 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has sued Texas lawyer Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill. The lawsuit claims his filings inflated the estimate for a settlement fund to $2.3 billion.

Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP drilling engineer have asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial. In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.

Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 7:50 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.

Gulf States Get First $113M From Oil Spill Fines

November 15, 2013 10:57 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the next five years, the foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive about $1.3 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana, $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.

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Target Of BP Settlement Probe Lashes Out At Freeh

October 18, 2013 10:20 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before a judge appointed him to lead the investigation, former FBI Director Louis Freeh disclosed that he is a partner at a law firm that is working on an unrelated case with lawyers for Kirkland & Ellis, a firm that represents the London-based oil giant.

Ex-Halliburton Manager Pleads Guilty

October 15, 2013 12:36 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey is set for Jan. 21.

BP Exec: Well Could Have Been Sealed Sooner

October 2, 2013 1:37 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

James Dupree testified Wednesday at a trial over the spill that engineers didn't have the equipment they needed to attack this particular well at the time of the blowout and had to formulate several possible solutions "on the fly." After several other methods failed, BP ultimately used a capping stack to seal the well 87 days after the blowout.

Testimony At BP Oil Spill Trial Targets Response

October 1, 2013 12:13 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Robert Turlak, a Transocean Ltd. manager, testified Tuesday at a federal trial that is focusing on BP's response to the April 2010 well blowout. BP's trial adversaries argue the company could have sealed the blown-out well much sooner if it had employed a capping strategy that Turlak and others had devised.

Federal Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Resumes

September 30, 2013 9:39 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday with a focus on the company's response to the disaster, with billions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.       

Motion: Toss BP Supervisors' Manslaughter Charges

September 27, 2013 2:07 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the Deepwater Horizon disaster say the indictment should be dismissed because prosecutors accuse the men of violating standards that didn't exist when an explosion killed 11 workers on April 20, 2010.

Study: BP Spill Did Wide Damage To Sea-Floor Life

September 25, 2013 2:38 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas A&M researcher says the BP oil spill did at least moderate damage to the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the well that blew out and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Ex-Halliburton Manager Charged In Gulf Spill Probe

September 20, 2013 7:28 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Halliburton manager was charged Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a case that coincides with a guilty plea to a related charge by the Houston-based oilfield services company.    

Judge Urged To Accept Halliburton's Guilty Plea

September 13, 2013 10:17 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton Energy Services and Justice Department prosecutors have urged a federal judge to approve a plea deal that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP Seeks Cuts In Settlement Program's Budget

September 13, 2013 8:03 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.      

Feds Oppose Bid To Delay BP Rig Supervisors' Trial

September 11, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said lawyers for Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine have ample time to prepare for a trial scheduled to start on Jan. 13. Defense attorneys have asked for a nine-month delay, saying they need more time to review millions of pages of documents provided by the government.

BP, Feds Offer Dueling Gulf Spill Estimates

September 6, 2013 7:36 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

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