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Oil spill plaintiff lawyers: keep claims chief

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed Wednesday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster.

BP had filed a federal court motion in September saying Patrick Juneau should be removed. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims. According to BP's motion, Juneau worked for the state from July 2010 until July 21, 2011.

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BP got settlement deal it wanted, opponents tell SCOTUS

Source: 
FuelFix

BP’s appeal this week over being denied restitution for spill claims overpayments has drawn a response from lawyers for the plaintiffs, who filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday saying the payments follow on from the terms of a deal that the company agreed to, FuelFix reports.

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Freeh says Ala. man should return Gulf claim money

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former FBI chief appointed to investigate the BP oil spill claims process is seeking the return of nearly $240,000 from an Alabama man and his maritime business.

Louis Freeh, in a federal court filing this week, says the man claimed to have made the bulk of his 2009 income for himself and his business from shrimping — revenue that was shut off by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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Juneau says he’s followed the rules about BP spill claims

Source: 
FuelFix

BP has asked for the removal of Patrick Juneau, the man in charge of Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, claiming he has misinterpreted its agreement with attorneys for the plaintiffs in the spill case, but in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Juneau said he has not made any interpretations but has merely followed the settlement rules, FuelFix reports.

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Refinery spill off Hawaiian coast

Source: 
Star-Advertiser

A problem with a hose caused 1,200 gallons of oil and water to be released off the coast near a refinery operated by Hawaii Independent Energy, creating a sheen covering three-fourths of a square mile, the Star-Advertiser reports.

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$627M in Gulf oil spill recovery projects approved

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials have approved plans to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $85.5 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.

BP PLC provided $1 billion in 2011 as a coastal restoration down payment following the Deepwater Horizon spill. Trustees, including the five Gulf states and four federal agencies, approved the plans Friday. Two earlier phases totaling $71 million are already approved. BP will likely have to pay more after environmental fines are levied.

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BP: Judge should amend 'gross negligence' ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that could cost the oil giant around $18 billion in additional fines stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

Attorneys for BP PLC say in a motion filed Thursday evening that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's Sept. 4 ruling that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the disaster was based on testimony that had been excluded from the trial.

BP says Barbier should amend the judgment or hold a new trial.

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Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled many businesses to overestimate spill-related claims, and some "weren't warranted at all."

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Judge hears oil spill cleanup workers' claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases was set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013.

The oil company says that's only fair because Judge Carl Barbier found that the formula used then was incorrect and ordered a change.

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Ex-BP exec Rainey faces fresh indictment

Source: 
The Associated Press

A new indictment handed down by a federal grand jury Friday adjusts the charges against David Rainey, a former BP executive who faces a March trial over claims he made false statements to Congress about the company’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, The Associated Press reports.

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