July 25, 2013, 9:00 a.m. EDT

the lawArent Fox Files RICO and Alien Tort Lawsuit against China’s Largest Oil Company for Human Rights Abuses on Behalf of Chinese Businessman

LOS ANGELES, Jul 25, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — On July 24, Arent Fox LLP filed RICO and Alien Tort Claims Act charges in a California federal court against China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Ltd. (SINOPEC), one of the world’s largest oil and natural gas companies, and a subsidiary of the Chinese government. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tiangang Sun, a self-made Chinese billionaire who suffered human rights violations, including malicious prosecution, false arrest, detention and torture at the hands of the Chinese government. Case No. CV13-05355.


BP faces more than 2,200 new spill lawsuits – Plaintiffs rush to file suits before a three-year statute of limitations expires


April 30, 2013 •It’s been just over three years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but, for BP, the litigation may just be beginning.

In the past several weeks, the oil company has been hit with a flurry of more than 2,200 new lawsuits, most of them brought under the U.S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which has a three-year statute of limitations that expired on April 20.


Recent Litigation Related to Oil and Gas Drilling

Recent Litigation Related to Hydraulic Fracturing
With oil and gas drilling comes both lit
eral and figurative rumbling. The drilling,
production, and transportation processe
s—from the fracing trucks’ arri
val at the well site to the
disposal of used frac fluid—are loud, smelly, and
potentially disruptive to
others even if done
perfectly. As urban drilling operations now oc
cur more often in popul
ous areas—particularly
around the Marcellus and the Barnett Shales—the
rumbling of litigation grows louder as well.
Some surface estate owners object to the co
mmotion caused by urban drilling, and some are
suing oil and gas companies alleging a variet
y of causes of action,
including negligence,
nuisance, and trespass.