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Florida radio host interviews Attorney Matthew Shaffer; reflects on Deepwater Horizon disaster

  Radio talk show host -Rick Outzen-  is known in Pensacola for his extensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the victims and families who were affected by it, including SMSH client- Blair Manuel. After catching sight of SMSH’s news release on the Deepwater Horizon movie and the remembrance of client Blair Manuel and his family, it


SMSH Legal remembers Deepwater Horizon client in wake of movie release

Deepwater Horizon was released nationwide today in theaters, more than six years after the explosion claimed the lives of 11 crew members and left an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  The movie is expected to chronicle the events that led up to and during the catastrophe in what


Appeals Court Upholds BP Liability Ruling

BP suffered another court loss this week as a federal appeals court reaffirmed a June ruling that the oil giant is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill. The three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected BP’s argument that the June


BP Asks for Review of ‘Grossly Negligent’ Ruling

BP has requested a review of the recent judge’s ruling that found the company “grossly negligent” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil giant filed a motion in Louisiana court, saying U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling was based on evidence that the judge had agreed to exclude from trial. BP requests that the


Judge Rules BP Was “Grossly Negligent” In Deepwater Horizon Disaster

A federal judge ruled last week that BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The oil giant has already said it would appeal the ruling, but could face fines as high as $17.6 billion in civil penalties under the Clean Water Act if the judge’s decision stands. That figure


Appeals Court Says BP Settlement Argument Must Be Reconsidered

BP’s fight to block millions of dollars in settlement payments to businesses along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill has taken a step forward. The oil giant has argued that settlement funds shouldn’t be paid to businesses that can’t demonstrate their losses are directly related to the spill. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


Galveston County Woman Files Lawsuit Against BP

On Nov. 15, a Galveston County resident filed a lawsuit against BP Products North America Inc. claiming an alleged release of toxic chemicals at the company’s Texas City refinery resulted in high levels of benzene exposure. According to the lawsuit, filed in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3, a hydrogen compressor in the plant’s


Federal Panel Believes in Need for More Offshore Safety Progress

The Oil Spill Commission Action, a federal panel that was formed in response to the BP explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, has released its 2nd report  on the state of offshore drilling safety. The panel believes that there have been a lot of improvements made in offshore safety since the devastating explosion that killed 11 offshore


Blowout Manufacturer Cleared in Deepwater Horizon Trial

The manufacturer of the blowout preventer which failed causing the massive Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico has been cleared by a judge of all remaining claims. Cameron International has been named as a defendant in the trial that is looking at claims of negligence by BP and several


BP Exec Defends Gulf Oil Spill Report

A British Petroleum executive is defending a report on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion  in federal court in New Orleans today. Mark Bly was in charge of the company’s investigation into the explosion that killed 11 people and sent millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the fourth day of testimony. The


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