In an effort to protect itself from having to reimburse Halliburton for punitive damages and other penalties the Houston-based contractor may have to pay for its role in the deadly April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP filed papers last week arguing that existing law and its contract with Halliburton do not allow BP to be held responsible for any punitive compensation Halliburton may face in next year’s federal trial.
The trial, which is scheduled to last eight weeks beginning in February, will assign shares of fault to the companies involved, including the London-based BP, Houston-based Halliburton and Swiss-based Transocean. The hearing will also determine whether Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP, can limit what it pays to those seeking claims under maritime law.
In last week’s filing, BP also asked the court to deny Halliburton’s request that BP repay Halliburton for costs the cement contractor incurred related to the oil spill. In court documents filed earlier this month, BP accused Halliburton of concealing information and destroying evidence related to the quality of the cement used to anchor the oil well in place; wells must be properly cemented to avoid blowouts.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and led to more than 200 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
If you were not adequately compensated for your participation in BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program or otherwise suffered harm as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long may be able to help you pursue compensation for your damages.
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