Entries Tagged as 'BP Oil Spill'

How will BP’s recent activity affect the related criminal cases?

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When British oil giant BP agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.5 billion for the massive oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, litigants in tens of thousands of cases spawned from the BP disaster began watching closely. One vital question is: How does BP's record-breaking settlement and admission of guilt affect these other cases? Both civil and criminal.

None more so than in the case of Kurt Mix.

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Stakes grow in Gulf spill litigation

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The federal government raised the stakes Friday in civil litigation over the 2010 Gulf oil spill, joining other plaintiffs in asking a judge to rule that workers' refusal to testify amounted to unfavorable evidence against companies involved in the accident.

While such a finding only would apply in civil proceedings - failure to testify cannot be evidence against criminal defendants - the Justice Department's move raises the pressure on BP and others involved in settlement negotiations with the government, and a lawyer for one of the workers said he expects more criminal charges soon.

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