Articles by Laurel Brubaker Calkins

Judge Blocks Obama’s Overtime Pay Raise for White Collar Workers

An Obama administration policy that would have given more white-collar workers overtime starting Dec. 1 was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Texas. The decision Tuesday is a victory for 21 states and dozens of business groups that sued, …

GM Is Winning Ignition-Switch Defect Trials

General Motors Co.’s victory in a Houston courtroom Thursday makes the carmaker three for three in trials related to an ignition-switch defect, but its legal entanglements may stretch on for years. At least a dozen lawsuits are set for trial …

Wrong Key Fails to Derail Texas GM Ignition Suit

General Motors LLC failed to derail a Texas family’s claim for damages over a car crash blamed on a faulty ignition-switch after jurors were shown the wrong car key last week. GM claimed Zachary Stevens’ family intentionally faked evidence in …

Lying About Gulf Oil Spill Size to Investors to Cost BP $175M

BP Plc said it agreed to pay $175 million to settle claims by U.S. investors that its managers lied about the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to prop up its stock price, removing the company’s last …

BP Relents on Gulf Seafood Processors’ Oil Spill Damages But Still Pursues Attorney

After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel. “We have withdrawn our …

Anadarko’s $160 Million Fine for 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Falls Well Below What U.S. Sought

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. was ordered to pay almost $160 million for its role as part-owner of the doomed Gulf of Mexico well that in 2010 caused the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The fine was the last big …

Texas Lawyer Indicted Over Allegedly False BP Spill Claims

Texas lawyer Mikal Watts has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Mississippi for allegedly filing false claims for thousands of Vietnamese fishermen seeking damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to his attorney. The indictment …

Court OKs One BP Shareholder Class Action But Denies Another

BP Plc must face institutional investors’ claims for more than $2.5 billion in market losses caused by the plunge in share prices after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals …

BP Settlement Doesn’t Cover Claims by Insurers, Banks, Casinos and Others

BP Plc’s record $18.7 billion settlement ended government claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving numerous smaller private lawsuits to be mopped up. While investors, residents and businesses that didn’t join a 2012 settlement still demand billions, …

Oklahoma Supreme Court: Oil Firms Can Be Sued over Quakes

New Dominion LLC can be sued by an Oklahoma woman injured when her fireplace fell on her during an earthquake that she blames on disposal wells tied to fracking. The June 30 ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a …