Oil Spill Containment

Marine contractor Couvillion is entitled to immunity in a suit brought against it by Taylor Energy, which asked a federal court in Louisiana to declare that the contractor did not have the authority to assist in the containment of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor Energy now exists only to address the spill at its MC-20 platform, which collapsed during Hurricane Ivan.

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Ex-Official Says Former Mexico President Directed Corruption

In some of the most explosive accusations in recent Mexican political history, the former head of the state-owned oil company directly accused former President Enrique Peña Nieto and his treasury secretary of directing a scheme of kickbacks and embezzlement directly from the president’s office.

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Criminal Contempt Charges

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Steven Donziger’s motions to disqualify all of the judges in the district from presiding over his case, disqualify the special prosecutors, and dismiss the six criminal contempt charges he’s facing in a dispute arising from his role in obtaining a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador for dumping oil waste in the Amazon rainforest. 

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