March 2012

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Alligator Bayou owners: parishes ruined our business

Iberville and Ascension parishes should compensate the owners of Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours for opening the bayou’s floodgate in 2009 and ruining the company’s business, an attorney for the firm told a state appellate court Thursday. “They (Iberville and Ascension governments) destroyed the swamp tour business. They (the company’s owners) should be compensated,’’ Clay Garside, [...]

BP Oil Spill: A Tale of Three Plaintiffs

VENICE (LOUISIANA): The phone at Joan Strohmeyer’s fishing lodge has been ringing steadily since 2010, but not many of the calls are from customers who want to go fishing. Mainly, they are from lawyers who want her to sue British oil company BP Plc. The tidy, 62-room Lighthouse Lodge is perched near the Gulf of [...]

Robert Wiygul on the Proposed Settlement

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was unprecedented in almost every way – location, geographical scale, technical challenges and not least the number of lives affected. As a result, the BP spill was also unprecedented in terms of the challenges it posed for lawyers going to court for the people injured by the spill. BP, [...]

BP spill settlement promises fast payouts

  BP spill settlement promises fast payouts Published: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 3:11 PM Updated: Monday, March 05, 2012, 6:19 AM By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune After reaching a deal Friday night to settle health and economic damage claims by individuals and businesses who were harmed by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP and [...]

Gulf oil spill settlement reached; BP expected to pay out $7.8 billion

Friday, March 02, 2012, 11:00 PM Updated: Saturday, March 03, 2012, 12:12 AM By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune BP and the private plaintiffs in the massive Gulf oil spill litigation have reached a settlement that BP estimates will cost $7.8 billion. But that is an uncapped amount, an the court still must supervise the payment [...]

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