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Apr 26, 2014

Chevron wins a round in U.S. suit against lawyer in Ecuador case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by a U.S. lawyer to stall the enforcement of a ruling that found he used fraud to secure a $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp in Ecuador.

Lawyer Steven Donziger is appealing a 500-page decision issued by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in March that barred him from collecting on a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in the United States.

Mar 14, 2014

U.S. weighs crackdown on environmental damage from pot growers

By Mica Rosenberg and David Ingram

(Reuters) – Even as states legalize marijuana, some U.S. officials are demanding tougher sentences for illegal pot growers if they also invade public lands, kill native vegetation and wildlife, and spread toxic pesticides.

The officials’ environmental concerns took center stage at a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a government body that guides federal judges on penalties for convicted criminals.

Mar 7, 2014

Chevron’s U.S. win in Ecuador case looms over cases elsewhere

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ecuadorean villagers who are trying to get billions of dollars from Chevron Corp for pollution in the Amazon jungle are ready to refocus their fight on pending suits in other countries after a setback in the United States.

A scathing judgment issued by a U.S. judge this week against their lawyer will cast a long shadow over cases filed in Canada, Brazil and Argentina, where the plaintiffs are seeking Chevron assets as payment because the oil giant no longer has a presence in Ecuador.

Mar 7, 2014

Insight – Troubled past haunts Mexico oil company at centre of Citi scandal

NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The company at the centre of an alleged fraud that forced Citigroup Inc (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to cut its 2013 profit won billions of dollars in contracts from Mexico’s state oil monopoly over the past decade, even after Mexican officials and private lawsuits raised red flags about the contractor’s activities.

From 2003 to last year, Oceanografia SA OCNGR.UL, a provider of engineering and maintenance services on offshore oil platforms and pipelines, signed more than 100 contracts worth nearly $3 billion (1 billion pounds) with state-owned Pemex PEMX.UL, according to a Reuters review of Mexican government contracts.

Mar 7, 2014

Troubled past haunts Mexico oil company at center of Citi scandal

NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The company at the center of an alleged fraud that forced Citigroup Inc to cut its 2013 profit won billions of dollars in contracts from Mexico’s state oil monopoly over the past decade, even after Mexican officials and private lawsuits raised red flags about the contractor’s activities.

From 2003 to last year, Oceanografia SA, a provider of engineering and maintenance services on offshore oil platforms and pipelines, signed more than 100 contracts worth nearly $3 billion with state-owned Pemex, according to a Reuters review of Mexican government contracts.

Feb 12, 2014

North Carolina asks to halt settlement after Duke coal ash spill

Feb 11 (Reuters) – North Carolina has asked a state judge to
put a controversial settlement deal with U.S. power company Duke
Energy over pollution on hold after a massive coal ash spill
into a local river raised fresh concerns about water safety.

Last week Duke said a pipe broke at one of its retired coal
plants, spilling 50,000 to 82,000 tons of ash, enough to fill 20
to 32 Olympic-size swimming pools, into North Carolina’s Dan
River.

Feb 10, 2014

Exclusive: Duo tracks double-dipping in U.S. oil firms’ toxic tank cleanup

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A pioneer in cleaning up toxic messes, Thomas Schruben long suspected major oil companies of being paid twice for dealing with leaks from underground fuel storage tanks – once from government funds and again, secretly, from insurance companies.

Schruben, a detail-oriented Maryland environmental engineer who helped draft government pollution rules going back 30 years, looked for a lawyer to help ferret out what he believed could in some cases be fraud. He found a partner in Dennis Pantazis, a buoyant, mustachioed son of Greek immigrants in Alabama known for bringing environmental and civil rights cases.

Feb 10, 2014

Duo tracks double-dipping in U.S. oil firms’ toxic tank cleanup

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A pioneer in
cleaning up toxic messes, Thomas Schruben long suspected major
oil companies of being paid twice for dealing with leaks from
underground fuel storage tanks – once from government funds and
again, secretly, from insurance companies.

Schruben, a detail-oriented Maryland environmental engineer
who helped draft government pollution rules going back 30 years,
looked for a lawyer to help ferret out what he believed could in
some cases be fraud. He found a partner in Dennis Pantazis, a
buoyant, mustachioed son of Greek immigrants in Alabama known
for bringing environmental and civil rights cases.

Jan 15, 2014

Analysis: BP’s U.S. Gulf oil spill settlement challenges may backfire

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – A year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging terms of the deal in a legal strategy that could backfire with the judge who will rule on the company’s potentially hefty federal fines.

The British oil giant has pushed for multiple reviews by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, complaining the claims system approved by the U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is overpaying for damages from the country’s worst offshore disaster.

Jan 15, 2014

BP’s U.S. Gulf oil spill settlement challenges may backfire

Jan 15 (Reuters) – A year after agreeing to a multi-billion
dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is
aggressively challenging terms of the deal in a legal strategy
that could backfire with the judge who will rule on the
company’s potentially hefty federal fines.

The British oil giant has pushed for multiple reviews by the
5th Circuit Court of Appeals, complaining the claims system
approved by the U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is overpaying
for damages from the country’s worst offshore disaster.

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