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June 9, 2014

Supreme Court allows BEL claims to proceed

Good news came today for claimants in the Deepwater Horizon litigation when the U.S. Supreme Court refused BP’s request to block payments under the Business and Economic Loss (BEL) Settlement Agreement while the Court considers whether or not it will review BP’s challenge of that settlement’s terms.

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May 28, 2014

Fifth Circuit soundly rules but BP wrench-throwing continues

Next week will mark eight months since claims payments through the Deepwater Horizon Settlement’s Business Economic Loss program were halted due to an October 2013 Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in which Judge Barbier was instructed to craft a “narrowly-tailored injunction” that subsequently stopped payouts.

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May 2, 2014

Playing the blame game v. owning it

I have told my daughter over and over how important it is to own her mistakes and take responsibility for her actions. It takes great character to admit when you are wrong and to make something right. A coward can point fingers and play the blame game all day long; a leader takes ownership.

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April 8, 2014

Vehicle Ignition Defect and Recall: GM needs to find the road to truth and safety

In February and March of 2014, GM recalled 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts and HHRs, Saturn Ions and Skys, and Pontiac G5s and Solstices because of defective ignition switches. GM admitted that “a condition with the ignition switch…may allow the key to unintentionally move or switch to the ‘accessory’ or ‘off’ position, turning off the engine and most of the electrical components on the vehicle,” including causing air bag failure in the event of a crash.

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February 24, 2014

BP, if you are really trying to find fraud, look in the mirror

BP has created a ticker for its State of The Gulf website entitled “Fraud Tally for Gulf Oil Spill Claims.” This ticker is visible on the home page of the website, which I believe was created by its aggressive and defensive PR machine to skirt paying the people of the Gulf for their grievances related to the 2010 disaster.

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February 4, 2014

The Sochi Olympics terror threats

Just days away from the 22nd Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi, Russia, a series of terror threats against the U.S. and European national teams and two deadly bombings in nearby Volgograd last December have many around the world on the edge, including the U.S. government.

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January 16, 2014

Making progress for the Gulf, but the fight continues

In a two-to-one decision, Judge Davis and Judge Dennis wrote a 48-page opinion that confirmed the actions by Judge Barbier in certifying the settlement as a class under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In the opinion, the 5th Circuit addressed the constitutional issues that had been raised concerning the causation provisions of the settlement agreement.

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September 23, 2013

SEC whistles grow louder

More than two years have passed since the launch of a new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act – a program that offers a bounty of 10 to 30 percent of recovered sanctions to whistleblowers that significantly assist an SEC investigation, along with increased protections from employer retaliation. Since that time, the SEC has issued only two awards to whistleblowers.

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