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Judge: Jury can decide Alabama’s Gulf-oil-spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A judge says Alabama’s Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bih-aye) in New Orleans ...

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U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is appealing a federal court ruling that reduced the potential penalty BP Plc must pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by almost $4 billion. The appeal, which was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, challenges a January decision by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier that set the ...

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Lawyers sanctioned over misconduct with BP damage claims

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has barred three lawyers — including one who worked inside a court-supervised facility — from handling damage claims over BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because they allegedly set up a system of payments to help speed claims through the process. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued sanctions against lawyers Lionel ...

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Is newly discovered Gulf spill oil stuck in the seabed?

Almost five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster which plunged the Gulf of Mexico into economic and environmental turmoil, oil is still being discovered buried in the seabed. A recent study revealed that six to 10 million gallons of oil has settled into the floor of the Gulf. The author of the study, Jeff Chanton, is a professor of oceanography ...

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BP appeal seeks ouster of claims administrator

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NEW ORLEANS — BP is trying again to force the ouster of the administrator of claims arising from a settlement reached with businesses claiming economic harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP argues that Patrick Juneau has mismanaged the settlement program and that he had a conflict of interest that he didn’t disclose when he was appointed ...

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5 years after the spill: What BP owes the Gulf Coast

It’s been nearly five years since BP slimed the Gulf Coast, taking the lives of 11 men, wrecking livelihoods and killing tens of thousands of helpless coastal birds. Finally, federal Judge Carl Barbier is heading into the final stretch, deciding how much the third largest oil company in the world will have to pay in pollution fines for the worst ...

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