U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier News

Why BP May Regret Aggressively Challenging Oil Settlement Payments

A year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging terms of the deal in a legal strategy that could backfire with the judge who will rule on the …

Appeals Court to Fast-Track BP’s Bid to Halt Gulf Oil Spill Payments

BP Plc’s bid to block economic-loss payments tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill unless the claims can be directly linked to the disaster won fast-track consideration by an appeals court. The London-based company said last week that …

BP Oil Spill Settlement Opponents Ask Court to Rescind Approval

Opponents of BP Plc’s $9.2 billion partial settlement of private-party claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are set to ask a U.S. appeals court to reverse a judge’s approval of the agreement. The agreement is unfair and …

Judge Accepts Halliburton’s Guilty Plea in Gulf Oil Case

A federal judge accepted a Halliburton Co. unit’s guilty plea to destroying tests conducted on cement work connected to the BP Plc-owned well that exploded in 2010, setting off the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Officials of Halliburton Energy Services …

Court Reverses OK for BP to Access Transocean Insurance to Pay Oil Spill Costs

A U.S. appeals court withdrew its decision finding BP Plc had access to $750 million in Transocean Ltd.’s insurance to pay costs of the 2010 oil spill, to ask the Texas Supreme Court a question on coverage. The U.S. Court …

Judge Denies BP’s Bid to Halt Gulf Oil Spill Payments Pending Investigation

BP Plc lost a renewed bid to suspend payments from the court-supervised program administering its settlement of claims tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. An investigation of alleged wrongdoing at the Mobile, Alabama, claims assistance center didn’t …

BP Gulf Oil Victims Challenge Economic Damages Claim Settlements

BP Plc’s $8.2 billion settlement of most private economic-damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is unfair and should be rejected, victims opposed to the deal told a federal appeals court. The agreement inconsistently compensates victims with …

Court Asks Former FBI Director Freeh to Probe BP Claims

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will investigate possible misconduct by a lawyer involved in making payments to settle claims by people and businesses affected by the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the judge in the spill …

Plaintiffs: BP Acted With Gross Negligence in 2010 Spill

BP Plc and its contractors should be found grossly negligent for their actions in the April 2010 blowout of the Macondo well and the subsequent Gulf of Mexico oil spill, plaintiffs’ lawyers told a judge. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier …

U.S. Accountants Group Backs BP on Curbing Oil Spill Payouts

A group of U.S. accounting professors is backing BP’s fight to rein in compensation it has to pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which is threatening to add billions of dollars to its growing bill for the …