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Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

A district court granted an oil company's motion to dismiss claims filed against it for economic losses stemming from the government's moratorium on offshore drilling in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil...

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Apex Oil Co.

A district court granted in part motions to dismiss an oil company's OPA, Pipeline Safety Act, and Maryland state-law claims against the alleged owners and operators of an underground pipeline in southeast Baltimore. The company filed...

Ludlow v. BP, P.L.C.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that investors who bought BP stock soon after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may file a class action against the oil company for alleged misrepresentations regarding the...

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

A district court denied an oil company's motion to amend the findings, alter the judgment, or order a new trial in the Deepwater Horizon case in which the court found the company grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil...

In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”

A district court issued its findings of fact and conclusions of law regarding phase one of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial, holding various companies liable for the spill. In the 150+-page opinion, the court determined...

In re Deepwater Horizon

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by 11 Louisiana parishes in which they sought penalties under the Louisiana Wildlife Protection Statute for the pollution-related loss of aquatic life and...

Tri-Realty Co. v. Ursinus College

A district court dismissed a property owner's OPA claims against a nearby college for land and water contamination allegedly caused by heating oil that leaked from USTs on the college campus. The property owner brought claims under the...

Deepwater Horizon

The Fifth Circuit held that Transocean's primary and excess-liability insurers must cover BP's pollution-related liabilities deriving from April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Under Texas law, the umbrella insurance policy—not...

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

A district court held that an oil company may not seek insurance coverage for damages it incurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the oil rig owner's insurance policies. The underlying insurance policies refer...

Eastman v. Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing, LLC

A district court dismissed landowners' OPA claim against a company for damages stemming from an oil spill in the Verdigris River in Kansas, but denied the company's motion to dismiss the landowners' nuisance claim. The landowners...