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Recent Developments in Oil Pollution Act Litigation

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Congress enacted OPA in 1990 following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, to strengthen the federal government’s ability to prevent and respond to oil spills, to establish financial resources to aid response, and to raise standards...

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

ELR Case

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...

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

ELR Case

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...

Regions Bank v. BP P.L.C.

ELR Case

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...

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

ELR Case

A district court held a petroleum company liable for $159.5 million in civil penalties under the CWA in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The court applied each of the CWA’s eight civil penalty factors in...

Ludlow v. BP, P.L.C.

ELR Case

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"

ELR Case

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”

ELR Case

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...

Oceana v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

ELR Case

A district court, in a memorandum opinion, dismissed environmental groups' lawsuit against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for APA, NEPA, and ESA violations in connection...

In re Deepwater Horizon

ELR Case

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...