5th Circ. Backs $21.6M Jury Verdict Against Total E&P

By Keith Goldberg (August 3, 2020, 2:37 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed a $21.6 million jury verdict against Total E&P USA Inc. stemming from an offshore oil and gas well decommissioning fight with a former business partner, saying the company failed to show it wasn't responsible for decommissioning costs.

A three-judge panel rejected Total's argument that before the case went to the jury a lower court wrongly determined the company had liability for the costs racked up by Marubeni Oil & Gas Inc. in plugging and abandoning oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

The panel, however, rejected Marubeni's bid to tack on an additional $11.4 million...

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