BP Trial “Close to Settlement”

February 27, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

So the trial of the century may not happen after all. This morning, lawyers representing over 116,000 plaintiffs had been due in court in New Orleans to begin the trial against BP and other defendants resulting from the Deepwater Horizon. The trial could have lasted two years. Documents in the case run to more than … Read More

Shell Guilty Again?

October 19, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Just over two years after the Wiwa versus Shell case was settled in a New York Court room, the US Supreme Court has given approval for another ground-breaking legal case against Shell to be heard. The lawsuit will consider whether corporations can be sued in U.S. courts for allegedly aiding human-rights abuses overseas. Amazingly, the … Read More

“Cowboy” Cairn Gags Greenpeace

July 20, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 3 Comments

One of the many ways in which powerful polluters try to silence their critics is through legal intimidation. And Cairn Energy, which is involved in controversial drilling in the Arctic, is no exception. For months Cairn has been dogged by Greenpeace, which has been campaigning against its Artic operations off Greenland. On Monday about 60 … Read More

Always read the small print

June 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

Investors may have poured their cash into the rogue’s gallery that is the new venture by Tony Hayward and “Nat King Coal” Rothschild called Vallares. As I blogged yesterday, Vallares was over-subscribed raising just over $2 billion to buy assets in the oil and gas sector. Investors were said to be reassured by Hayward’s knowledge … Read More

Chevron Guilty

February 15, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

In an historic victory, a small court in Lago Agrio, in Ecuador’s Amazon has ordered that Chevron  pay some $8.6 billion in damages. The court ruled in favour of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon who have spent the last 18 years seeking damages for systematic and chronic oil pollution. Chevron inherited the suit when … Read More

Why Bob Has to be Wary of the “Bunker”

September 27, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

When Bob Dudley takes over the reins at BP on Friday he will face a daunting task and a bulging in-tray. He will be aware that his new job is a personal poisoned chalice, having effectively destroyed the careers of three of his predecessors: Tony Hayward, John Browne and Bob Horton have all left in … Read More

Lawyers not yet born look set to work on this one too

August 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

When the Exxon Valdez oil spill happened the chair of the Trustees panel said simply: “lawyers not yet born will work on this one”. His prediction essentially came true as the spill lawsuits grinded backwards and forwards through the courts as Exxon did everything in its power to delay and derail the legal process. As … Read More