BP Plc, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton Co. must convince a federal judge that mistakes that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill don’t amount to gross negligence if they are to avoid billions of dollars in damages for the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days to avoid “turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe.”
BP Plc and its partners in the Gulf of Mexico well that blew up should pay the state of Louisiana at least $1 million a day for damages caused by the worst oil spill in U.S. history, state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a lawsuit against the oil company.
The trial over liability for BP Plc’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was postponed to Feb. 25 so the lawyers won’t lose their accommodations to Super Bowl and Mardi Gras crowds, a New Orleans judge said.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and 62 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a court brief backing a lawsuit by 20 states challenging the legality of the Obama administration’s health care legislation.
BP Plc’s proposed $7.8 billion partial settlement of 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil-spill claims shouldn’t be approved because last month’s hurricane shows how the extent of the spill’s damage still isn’t known, a victim’s lawyer said.