BP oil spill

Gulf Oil Spill - Costner Lawsuit
9:38 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Costner Testifies in Suit Over Oil-Cleanup Devices

Actor Kevin Costner has testified in the trial of a lawsuit in New Orleans that he was heartbroken watching the Gulf oil spill disaster in 2010 and headed to the area with oil cleanup devices to aid the recovery.

Costner testified yesterday in connection with a multimillion-dollar business dispute over the devices involving fellow actor Stephen Baldwin. 

Oil Spill Fines
9:51 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Lawmakers Dedicate Oil Spill Fines to Louisiana Coast

BATON ROUGE — Fine and penalty money the state receives because of the Gulf Coast oil spill will be earmarked to Louisiana's coastal protection fund, under a bill that received final legislative passage.

The measure by Jeanerette Rep. Simone Champagne deals with money that could be received by the state for violations of federal pollution standards, a figure that could total billions of dollars. The coastal protection fund, where the money would be placed, is used for coastal restoration projects and hurricane protection efforts.

BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

BP Oil Spill Device Lands Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin in Federal Court

Actors Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin are facing off in a New Orleans courtroom. Costner is being sued over profits from a device launched to combat the BP oil spill.

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Costner Lawsuit
10:44 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Trial Opens For Suit Against Costner Over BP Deal

Two Hollywood stars could spend the next two weeks in a New Orleans courtroom rather than on camera, on opposite sides in a real-life legal drama.

Jury selection is scheduled Monday for Stephen Baldwin's federal lawsuit against fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device BP used in trying to clean up the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Both are expected to testify. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman says every litigant must be in court every day because of the seriousness of the claims and in case of mid-trial settlement talks.

Gulf Oil Spill Indictment
9:54 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Judge to Weigh Lifting Former BP Engineer's Travel Limits

A federal magistrate has scheduled a hearing on a former BP engineer's request for permission to travel freely throughout the U.S. while he awaits a trial on charges he deleted text messages about the oil company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III is set to hear arguments May 29 on Kurt Mix's request.

Earlier this month, Knowles ordered Mix to limit his travel to Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts and New York after a prosecutor claimed he had intended to leave the country for a job in Australia and wouldn't return.

Gulf Oil Spill Indictment
9:46 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Former BP Worker: Evidence Proves Him Innocent

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about how much oil was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is claiming that evidence federal investigators did not possess will prove him innocent. Kurt Mix has pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice.

Gulf Oil Spill Fraud
9:38 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Man Accused of Defrauding Spill Victims' Fund

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 41-year-old businessman who moved to New Orleans from Georgia after the catastrophic BP oil spill in 2010 has been charged with defrauding a compensation fund set up for victims.

The Justice Department says Dwayne Smith was charged last week on one count of mail fraud.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten alleges Smith moved to New Orleans four months after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and set up a business called D&D Designs.

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Gulf Oil Spill Litigation
11:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Date Pushed Back for Start of BP Spill Trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has pushed back the start of a civil trial for claims against BP PLC and other companies involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The judge on Thursday set a date of Jan. 14, 2013. The litigation centers on the oil spill that began in April 2010 from BP's Macondo well.

Reports
6:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Former BP Engineer Pleads Not Guilty To Obstruction of Justice

A man facing the first criminal charges stemming from the BP oil spill has pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice. Federal authorities say he may have been planning to leave the United States permanently.

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Gulf Oil Spill Settlement
10:16 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Judge Allows Gulf Oil Spill Settlement to Proceed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans has preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Wednesday allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a "fairness hearing" later this year before deciding whether to give his final approval.

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