Oil Spill Lawsuits
Order Preventing Enforcement of Deepwater Oil Drilling Moratorium
A federal judge in Louisiana ruled that the federal government did not follow proper procedure when it ordered a moratorium on offshore oil drilling at depths greater than 500 feet.
In Re Transocean Holdings LLC
Transocean, the owner and operator of the offshore oil rig that exploded and is leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico, asked a federal court in Houston to limit its liability for damages caused by the explosion and spill.
Abbott v. Salazar
A former BP contractor filed a lawsuit suit alleging that BP never verified that the systems on its Atlantis oil rig were functioning properly. The plaintiff has stated that poor conditions on the rig could lead to an even worse disaster than the Gulf Oil Spill.
Sierra Club, Inc. v. Salazar
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups filed suit against the Secretary of the Interior alleging that the federal government illegally allowed BP to drill in over 5,000 feet of water without analyzing blow-out and worst-case oil spill analysis. The plaintiffs claim that this exemption contributed to the Gulf Oil Spill.