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Settlement agreements

Lake Eugenie Land & Development, Inc. v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc. (In re Deepwater Horizon)

The Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court decision ordering a commercial fishing company to pay back the money it received from the Deepwater Horizon settlement fund and barring it from receiving future payments. The Deepwater...

Regions Bank v. BP P.L.C.

The Supreme Court of Alabama reversed and remanded a lower court decision dismissing a coastal property owner's lawsuit against an oil company for alleged trespassing and property damage stemming from the company's response actions...

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...

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...

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...

Conservation Northwest v. Sherman

The Ninth Circuit held that a court may not approve a consent decree that substantially and permanently amends regulations that the agency could only otherwise amend by complying with statutory rulemaking procedures. The consent decree...

United States v. Exxon Corp.

A district court denied an oil company's motion to enforce a 1991 consent decree entered into in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The decree expressly released the company from cleanup...

Bergmann v. Michigan State Transportation Comm'n,

The Sixth Circuit vacated and remanded a lower court decision partially granting a landowner's motion to enforce a decades-old consent decree requiring Michigan's transportation department to remediate certain property by March 31, 1995...

Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court held that under a 1997 consent decree resolving CWA, RCRA, and state-law violations at a steel mill, the current...