Hold on to Your Insurance … Federal Court Certifies Deepwater Horizon Questions to Texas Supreme Court BP’s woes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf continue. The federal Fifth Circuit in In re: Deepwater Horizon, withdrew an opinion of a three-judge panel and certified questions for consideration by the Supreme Court of Texas. Resolution of this dispute could significantly impact insurance law in Texas, which would demand energy companies to immediately and carefully review their insurance programs. View Full Post
The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Center for Biological Diversity, Inc. v. BP America Production Co., et al, no. 12-30136 (5th Cir. Jan. 9, 2013) (“CBD”), reversed in part the district court’s dismissal of citizen suit claims against BP in connection with the Deepwater Horizon incident View Full Post
Deepwater Horizon – Agency Actions, Injunctions, and (Not) Contempt On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sent a gusher of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  Deepwater Horizon also sent a gusher of litigation into the federal courts:  the recent decision in Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC v. Salazar illustrates the care needed in seeking and enforcing an injunction against an agency of the United States.  View Full Post
BP Engineer Arrested After Deleting Over 300 Text Messages Related to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill : LXBN Roundtable On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform was rocked by a series of explosions, leading to a blazing inferno that engulfed the oil rig, eventually causing its untimely demise.  Two days later, reports indicated signs of a spill, which were confirmed four days after the initial incident. View Full Post
As it was last week, LXBN was once again dominated by the employment law bloggers this week, as two of the most-discussed topics came from the realm of the EEOC. We also saw LXBN authors chime in on stories that had seen much discussion by the mainstream media: the first arrests following the BP oil spill and the controversial new Arizona immigration law hitting the Supreme Court. View Full Post