Total E&P Tells 5th Circ. To Undo $21.6M Jury Award

By Michelle Casady (June 2, 2020, 6:23 PM EDT) -- Total E&P USA Inc. urged the Fifth Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday to not only reject a bid by a former business partner to tack an additional $11.4 million onto a $21.6 million jury verdict against the oil and gas company, but to order a whole new trial in the case.

In a dispute over the cost of decommissioning offshore wells, Total's counsel told the court that U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore's ruling at the outset — that Total owed some amount to be determined by the jury — gave Marubeni Oil & Gas Inc. a double recovery, or excess...

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