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Maritime Law

Attorneys representing Transocean filed for protection from lawsuits based on 150-year-old maritime law. Although actual recovery could reach tens of billions of dollars, Transocean believes this law caps their liability at slightly under $27 million. Should the judge permit Transocean to proceed under maritime law? FindLaw Sarah 16:21, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

Whoopi Goldberg's Reaction to BP Oil Spill

Watch Whoopi Goldberg's reaction to BP's 36-day attempt to seal the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Goldberg describes their efforts as a debacle thus far. You can watch here. Today, BP is poised to attempt a "top kill" maneuver to plug the leaking well a mile below the surface. FindLaw Sarah 17:34, 25 May 2010 (UTC)

Largest Oil Spill in U.S. History

The 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil off the coast of Alaska. However, BP's Oil Spill has now surpassed the Exxon Valdez disaster by nearly 6 million gallons -- with probably 17 million gallons spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the latest "Top Kill" measure, the situation is progressively worsening. Why? What's the solution? Who or what should be solving the problem? Is it the U.S. federal government? Is it the engineering and science community? Is it Kevin Costner? Should BP be criminally prosecuted by the Obama Administration? FindLaw Sarah 20:48, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

Does the U.S. Government have jurisdiction over a British company? Watch this video. FindLaw Sarah 23:38, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Does the $20 billion escrow account agreed upon by BP and the Obama Administration an implicit acknowledgement that our federal government lacks legal authority over British Petroleum? Should BP abide by federal law in order to do business in the United States? FindLaw Sarah 23:48, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

Does the BP Gulf Oil Spill constitute a national emergency?

According to Robert Reich, President Obama does not have the legal authority to direct BP's actions in the Gulf. Can the president declare a national emergency pursuant to the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601-1651)? A national emergency has only been invoked once during this presidential term, and that was on October 24, 2009 for the swine flu? Does this oil spill pose a lesser, equal or greater danger than the swine flu? FindLaw Sarah 17:50, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

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