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In re Deepwater Horizon

The Fifth Circuit held that parties to the class action settlement agreement concerning economic and property damages stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may seek appellate review of district court decisions on...

Bernard v. Grefer

A district court held that individuals who were not party to a 2008 settlement agreement between an oil company and more than 2,000 plaintiffs for personal injury claims as a result of oil operations are not entitled to the same...

Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that oil and gas leases need not be extended where the lessor has pursued an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the validity of the lease. An oil company that had been unsuccessfully sued by its lessor...

Shell Oil Co. v. United States

The Federal Circuit held that the U.S. government must reimburse four oil companies for CERCLA costs they incurred cleaning up contamination stemming from the production of high-octane aviation gas (avgas) during World War II. The oil...

In re Deepwater Horizon

The Fifth Circuit held that a settlement agreement providing a mechanism for presenting and processing claims for business losses caused by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster does not require those submitting claims for...

VFC Partners 26, LLC v. Cadlerocks Centennial Drive

The First Circuit reversed in part a lower court's judgment in favor of a lender in a dispute concerning environmental testing expenses associated with a foreclosure on a parcel of land following a loan default. The lender and borrower...

Ridge Seneca Plaza, LLC v. BP Products North America Inc.

The Second Circuit, in a summary order, affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a property owner's lawsuit against a nearby gas station operator for contaminating the owner's shopping plaza and against a cleanup contractor for...

Association of Public Agency Customers v. Bonneville Power Administration

The Ninth Circuit approved a settlement agreement between the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and a large number of its energy customers that sets terms for refunding customers who were previously overcharged as well as new rate...

Broussard v. Chevron USA, Inc.

A district court held that it would not waive the statute of limitations in a breach of contract case filed by the heirs of a cattle rancher against an oil company for contaminating the rancher's property. The suit stems from the...

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC v. Salazar

The Federal Circuit held that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) breached its contract with a natural gas pipeline construction company involving the construction of two segments of a pipeline that extends from Wyoming to Ohio. Under...