Fraud allegations: Thibodaux attorney Jerald Block has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against several national law firms in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill, The Daily Comet reports. The suit, filed May 13 in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, seeks to recover damages for breach of contract, professional malpractice and fraud caused by several law firms that represented victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and resulting oil spill. The complaint alleges that a non-Louisiana law group viewed the oil spill as “an opportunity to make a quick buck.” Read the full story.
Environmental honors: The American Chemistry Council awarded BASF’s TDI plant at Geismar with the 2019 Responsible Care award for waste minimization, reuse and recycling, BASF announced. The plant’s production team and the company’s environmental, health and safety experts worked to create a way to reuse a metal component that is part of TDI production, earning BASF the award.
Bye hybrids!: Auto makers for two decades have leaned on hybrid vehicles to help them comply with regulations on fuel consumption and give customers greener options in the showroom, The Wall Street Journal reports. Now, two of the world’s largest car manufacturers say they see no future for hybrids in their U.S. lineups. General Motors and Volkswagen are concentrating their investment on fully electric cars. Read the full story.