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Coast Guard approves plan for ROV reinspection

NEW ORLEANS - BP and Transocean have received approval from the Coast Guard to proceed with another ROV investigation of the Deepwater Horizon wreckage and wellhead site after a sheen was reported by BP on November 2 and verified by satellite imagery. A joint plan to determine the source of a surface sheen was submitted by the companies on November 9 for review by the Coast Guard.

Three BP employees to be arraigned in oil spill probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two BP rig supervisors and a former executive are scheduled to be arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge sets meeting to discuss BP plea deal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss BP's agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from its deadly 2010 rig explosion and response to the massive Gulf oil spill.BP PLC has an initial court appearance set for Tuesday, but the company isn't expected to plead guilty until a later date. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance plans to meet Thursday with prosecutors and BP attorneys to discuss scheduling matters.

2 workers shoulder blame for 2010 BP oil disaster

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities have blamed two rig supervisors for the deaths of 11 workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spawned BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, even though a string of investigations spread fault among a host of people and companies.A federal indictment last week charged Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine with manslaughter, accusing them of botching a crucial safety test. But a defense attorney claims the two BP well site leaders are scapegoats, given that other government probes have concluded the disaster resulted from a complex web of mistakes and a corporate culture that placed profits ahead of safety.One expert speculated the Justice Department probably took aim at targets higher up BP's corporate ladder before charging Kaluza and Vidrine.

BP Will Plead Guilty and Pay Over $4 Billion

HOUSTON - BP, the British oil company, said on Thursday that it had agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines and other penalties and to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges related to the rig explosion two years ago that killed 11 people and caused a giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP agrees to pay $4.5B in criminal, securities claims by US for Gulf spill, oil giant announces

LONDON - British oil giant BP has agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.5 billion in installments over a period of five years for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant announced in a press release.

BP settlement administrator urges those affected by oil spill to file claims

As Thursday's deadline approached for Gulf Coast residents to opt out of the proposed class-action settlement of BP oil spill claims, the court-appointed supervisor had a message for anyone who may have taken a financial hit in the wake of the 2010 disaster. "When in doubt, file a claim," said Patrick Juneau, a Lafayette lawyer who took over the claims process in March.

Evan Lubell Spoke to the Labelle Rotary Club

Fort Myers, Florida - October 23, 2012 - Evan Lubell, a Partner at the law firm of Aloia Roland Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, spoke to the Labelle Rotary Club at the Beef O'Brady's in Labelle about the $15 billion BP Oil Spill Settlement and how local business owners can qualify to recover money that was lost between April 2010 and December 2010 due to the oil spill disaster.

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