After weeks of testimony, and dramatic “reveals” of newly discovered evidence that had been hiding in labs for years, the Phase One trial of the BP litigation finally came to an end late last month. Now the parties must submit their briefs and make their final arguments to the court by June 21, 2013.
Three years ago, Tilting told tales of oil spill legal problems suffered by Forrest Gump, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Wok Ann chu-gumm Seafood Restaurants, Chef Red Fishy and Bishop Carp.
This environmental coverage action arises from the explosion and sinking of Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform in April 2010. At issue were the obligations of Transocean’s primary and excess liability insurer to cover BP’s pollution-related environmental liabilities resulting from the ensuing oil spill.
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
BP’s November 2012 settlement [pdf] of the federal criminal charges stemming from the Deepwater Horizon spill left some important issues unresolved.