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Shareholders knew risks of oil and gas business, BP argues in shareholders class action

By Steve Korris | May 10, 2011

Taylor HOUSTON- BP shareholders knew they invested in risky business, company directors argue in a bid to stop a class action over losses from the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Mexican states seek equal standing in BP oil spill litigation

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2011

NEW ORLEANS � Three Mexican states claim equal standing with American states in suing BP over the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

State Supreme Court smells fraud in case over stinky restaurant

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2011

Texas Supreme Court AUSTIN � Ten years after foul odor ruined the Italian Cowboy restaurant at Keystone Park Mall in Dallas, the Supreme Court of Texas has rescinded the lease.

Hood files scathing brief in BP MDL

By Steve Korris | Apr 26, 2011

Hood Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is arguing that citizens of his state are incapable of resolving their oil spill claims, according to Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Kenneth Feinberg.

***FOR PRINT ONLY *** Hood files scathing brief in BP MDL

By Steve Korris | Apr 26, 2011

Hood Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is arguing that citizens of his state are incapable of resolving their oil spill claims, according to Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Kenneth Feinberg.

U.S. Supreme Court: Texas protected from monetary damages by sovereign immunity in prisoner's religious freedom lawsuit

By Steve Korris | Apr 26, 2011

Thomas WASHINGTON � Texas prison keepers interfered with Harvey Sossamon's exercise of religion, but the state doesn't owe him a cent, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled on April 20.

Bridge contractor not liable for car over embankment, high court rules

By Steve Korris | Apr 19, 2011

Lehrmann AUSTIN � Parents of a woman who drowned after her car missed a bridge can't sue the contractor who fixed the bridge, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on April 15.

Texas SC stops Google's release of blogger IDs to Klein

By Steve Korris | Apr 19, 2011

Klein AUSTIN � Google Inc. can't give Beaumont blogger Philip Klein the names of critics who call themselves Operation Kleinwatch and Sam the Eagle, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on April 15.

Texas SC decides not to review Floyd's decision in insurance case

By Steve Korris | Apr 11, 2011

Floyd AUSTIN � Texas Supreme Court Justices decided not to review a decision of Jefferson County District Judge Donald Floyd in favor of Texas Mutual Insurance, at least not for now.

Oil exploration companies want stay vacated so drilling can begin

By Steve Korris | Apr 5, 2011

Feldman NEW ORLEANS � On March 15, four days before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman would have required him to issue permits to oil and gas explorers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and won a stay.

Orangefield ISD wins appeal in suit over hurricane repair bills

By Steve Korris | Mar 30, 2011

Horton Orangefield school trustees don't have to pay all the bills that contractor ICI Construction submitted for Hurricane Rita repairs, Ninth District appeals judges ruled on March 24.

BP directors say shareholder suits belong in U.K. courts

By Steve Korris | Mar 28, 2011

Ellison HOUSTON � BP shareholders suing individual directors over the Deepwater Horizon explosion should have sued in Great Britain, according to the directors.

High Court sides with Railroad Commission, allows fracking disposal permit

By Steve Korris | Mar 18, 2011

Fracking well site AUSTIN � Trucks hauling salty water from fracture drilling operations to a waste well won't trample on the public interest, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled on March 11.

Justices split three ways in decision to remand malpractice case

By Steve Korris | Mar 9, 2011

Texas Supreme Court Justices AUSTIN- Sympathy sometimes sways a jury, but for once it swayed the Supreme Court of Texas.

Insurance issues surface in BP oil spill litigation

By Steve Korris | Mar 8, 2011

Haycraft NEW ORLEANS - Below the surface of lawsuits blaming oil company BP for the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, tremors of insurance disputes begin to roll.

Feinberg questions Barbier's authority over claims facility

By Steve Korris | Mar 3, 2011

Pitofsky NEW ORLEANS � Some say BP hired Kenneth Feinberg as chief of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, and some say President Barack Obama hired him, but Feinberg fears he works for the Department of Barbier.

Plaintiff Steering Committee wants Barbier to approve class action notice in BP MDL

By Steve Korris | Feb 23, 2011

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � Plaintiff lawyers leading litigation over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill have found a short cut to their goal of pursuing class actions.

Denbury Green pipeline controversy heads to Texas Supreme Court

By Steve Korris | Feb 16, 2011

Photo of construction on the Denbury Green pipeline from the company website. AUSTIN � State Supreme Court justices will review Jefferson County District Judge Donald Floyd's grant of eminent domain power to owners of a carbon dioxide pipeline.

BP shareholders want court time equal to injury plaintiffs

By Steve Korris | Feb 9, 2011

Yetter HOUSTON � In a test of strength between judges presiding over claims from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, lawyers prod one to repeal the other's rules.

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