Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Where Things Stand and What Is Next
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
2:00 pm–3:30 pm ET
The next phase of the BP oil spill trial began in New Orleans on January 20. This phase followed two other phases, which were focused on which parties were at fault for the spill and how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Phase III (the “Penalty Phase”) was focused on the eight penalty factors set out in the Clean Water Act (CWA), which the court must take into account in determining civil liability under the CWA. This has important implications for the 80% of CWA penalties that will be channeled through the RESTORE Act for economic and ecological recovery activities in the Gulf.
The webinar brought together leading experts on the oil spill litigation to discuss the first two phases of the trial, including the court’s ruling that the oil spill was the result of BP’s gross negligence and willful misconduct, and previewed some of the major issues that were be addressed in Phase III.
Teresa Chan, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute
This event is made possible by support from The Walton Family Foundation and the Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.