Micah Skidmore in Texas Lawbook: TX Supreme Court Hears BP, Transocean $500 million Dispute


BP and Transocean take their bitter, protracted half-billion-dollar battle over who pays for pollution-related liabilities arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Texas Supreme Court this week.

The two energy giants have been engaged in legal warfare for four years over which company is to blame, but they’ve also fought over whose insurance coverage should pay...

Micah Skidmore, who represents policyholders in insurance disputes, said policyholders have always relied on the idea that if there is some doubt in the policy, they get the benefit of the doubt.

“That’s been a black letter issue forever and to have an exception made on the basis of some notion of sophistication would put Texas in the minority of jurisdictions and really be a sea change for insureds here in this state,” said Skidmore, a Dallas Haynes and Boone, LLP partner.

Excerpted from the Texas Lawbook, September 17, 2014. To view full article, click here (subscription required).


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