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Energy Newsletter - October 2014

In This Issue: - Mexico's New E&P Contracts - Electricity Reform in Mexico: New Opportunities and Roles - New Licence Terms Promoting Unconventional Exploration and Production are Introduced for the UK's 14th...more

Deepwater Horizon ruling puts focus on prevention

Last week’s decision by District Judge Carl Barbier exposes the UK-headquartered energy giant to up to $18bn in fines for the 2010 drillship incident because, under the same US laws that cover tanker spills, civil penalties...more

Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra: The Hercules Removal Jurisprudence Sprouts Yet Another Head

In yet another twist in the tortured labors of the Hercules jurisprudence regarding removal of general maritime law claims under 28 U.S.C. §1441(a), the Eastern District of Louisiana has generated a new, divergent “head” on...more

Oil and Water – How the Galveston Oil Spill Proved The Two Don’t Mix

The Galveston Bay oil spill occurred, coincidentally, on the 25th anniversary of Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The Exxon Valdez oil spill is now considered to be one of the worst environmental...more

Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability

In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal...more

Coast Guard Issues Proposed Regulations and NVIC Regarding Marine Casualty Reporting on the OCS

In the continuing regulatory response - even more than three years after the fact - to the DEEPWATER HORIZON disaster, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has led off 2014 with proposed regulations that significantly change...more

California Appellate Court Limits Application of Sophisticated User Doctrine

Stepping back from broad application of the sophisticated user doctrine in product liability and toxic tort litigation, the Second District of the California Court of Appeal, recently affirmed a jury’s $21 million verdict for...more

Oil Spill Case Shows Need to Screen Chartered Vessels & Operators

A judge’s recent decision on where legal liability lies for a maritime accident which released thousands of gallons of oil into the Mississippi River illustrates the benefits of being proactive in vetting operator quality...more

Asbestos Alert: A Navy Ship is Not A Product Under Maritime Law: MDL Judge Rules on Sophisticated User/Purchaser Defense and...

Mack v. General Electric Co., et al U.S.D.C., ED Pennsylvania, Action #2:10-78940-ER, (October 3, 2012) MDL No. 875, _____ F. Supp.2d _____ Deciding two issues of first impression, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, Jr., who...more

Deal in the works to keep Avondale Shipyard open past 2013

Several media sources in the New Orleans area have reported that a deal is in the works to keep the nearby Avondale Shipyards open past its proposed 2013 closure date. According to a story published by Fox News 8, the deal...more

Asbestos Exposure at Avondale Shipyards

Thousands of shipyard workers who were employed at the Avondale Shipyards may have suffered asbestos exposure as a result of asbestos-containing products that were used at the site. Workers who were exposed to asbestos at...more

When is an Animation Your Best Option?

Computer Animations can be successfully used in a variety of legal settings. Bring your judge or jury to the scene without them ever leaving the courtroom. You control what your audience sees; keeping their focus on your...more

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