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DC woman arrested, charged with making $900,000 in fraudulent BP spill claims

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AL.com

Crystal Lani Kitt was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from a Mobile, Ala. indictment, alleging that she helped prepare more than 100 fake claims for compensation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico totaling more than $900,000, AL.com reports.

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Reject BP’s request for freeze on spill payments: Lawyers to Scalia

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FuelFix

Louisiana lawyers have filed papers requesting Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia throw out BP’s request for a halt on payments it’s had to make as a result of the 2010 Gulf oil spill until the court has a chance to decide whether it will take up a wider dispute over the settlement, FuelFix reports.

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Court won't stop BP oil spill claims payments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.

The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not stop payments while BP appeals the court's earlier ruling that businesses, under the settlement, don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.

BP will ask the Supreme Court to review Wednesday's ruling, company spokesman Geoff Morrell said in an emailed statement.

Oil

Latest filing in case involving Chevron, Ecuador derails Patton Boggs merger

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The New York Times

There was supposed to be a partnership vote this weekend to seal the proposed merger between Washington law firm Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders, but that was put on hold after a motion was filed Wednesday challenging a settlement Patton Boggs reached with Chevron over a case involving damage to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, The New York Times reports.

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Class action suit brewing among BP investors

Source: 
FuelFix

BP looks to be facing a class action suit from investors over allegations the company was misleading about the quantity of oil its blown-out Macondo well was sending into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, following a judge’s ruling Tuesday, FuelFix reports.

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BP to ask Supreme Court to hear claims issue

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC said Wednesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.

The announcement came two days after judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8-5 against reconsidering the issue. A three-judge panel of the circuit court in March had upheld a district court ruling that businesses did not need to prove direct harm.

Oil

Corpus Christi residents still battle Citgo over refinery pollution

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National Journal

The ongoing fight over compensation between Citgo – convicted on charges under the Clean Air Act -- and residents near one of its Corpus Christi refineries raises questions about whether laws really protect victims of environmental crimes, one of the lawyers in the case told National Journal.

Oil

SCOTUS may be last resort for BP spill claims challenge

Source: 
FuelFix

With an appeals court rejecting BP’s request for a rehearing on its arguments about the settlement claims following its 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company’s remaining option for a challenge appears to be to try to bring the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court, FuelFix reports.

La. process for handling 'legacy lawsuits' to change

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State laws governing disputes over how to handle the cleanup of environmental damage caused by drilling years ago have been reworked under a bill supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal and now headed to his desk.

Final legislative passage came Tuesday with a 27-12 Senate vote, over the objections of senators who said it was inappropriate to make the new rules retroactively apply to cover hundreds of long-running lawsuits.

Sen. Robert Adley's bill changes the complex legal process for dealing with "legacy lawsuits" that seek compensation from energy companies that leased property and are blamed for damage from the drilling, such as contamination of ground water resources.

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Michigan plans to deny permit for new petcoke pile

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plans to reject a company's request to store piles of petroleum coke at an open riverfront site in River Rouge, an agency official said.

A public comment period about Detroit Bulk Storage's permit application begins Wednesday and runs through June 25, when there will be a public hearing about it. Although the agency won't officially rule on the application until after the hearing, it told the company Friday that it plans to reject it, department spokesman Brad Wurfel told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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