BP Retirees Prevail in Federal Court

A group of Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio) oil workers received a winning decision late yesterday after an eight-year legal battle with BP Corporation North America, Inc. (BP), in a huge victory for oil workers, with a federal judge ruling that BP “committed fraud or similarly inequitable conduct” in how it announced a pension formula change more than 30 years ago.

Federal Judge Denies Motion to Reduce Retiree Class Represented by JVW

BP Corp. North America Inc.’s effort to remove nearly 4,700 retirees from a class-action lawsuit challenging pension changes tied to a 1980s corporate acquisition failed on Friday after a Texas federal judge concluded that these retirees’ claims were not barred by an earlier lawsuit. BP argued that more than half of the 6,700 class … Read more

JVW Client Comes Forward Against Archdiocese of Denver

On January 19, 2023, James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A., together with our Denver co-counsel, Zaner Harden Law, filed a civil lawsuit in Denver District Court against the Denver Archdiocese on behalf of our client, Scott Verti, for the horrific sexual abuse he suffered while serving as an altar boy. Court papers say that Rev. … Read more

Rochester diocese agrees to pay sex abuse survivors $55 million

The settlement still needs to be approved by the bankruptcy court and voted on by the approximately 475 survivors in the case. Hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by Rochester-area priests have agreed to a financial settlement with the Diocese of Rochester. The settlement will create a trust for the benefit … Read more

BP Retirees Tell 5th Circ. To Allow Intervention In ERISA Row

A group of BP retirees urged the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a lower court’s ruling barring intervention in a long-running Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit against BP North America and its retirement plan, arguing a recently certified class with no opt-out rights couldn’t adequately represent their claims. The recently certified class … Read more

Former St. Michael’s High School Teachers Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is facing yet another scandal, but this time the lawsuit was filed by seven men who allegedly suffered sexual abuse during their time at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe. The accused abusers—Brother Andrew Abdon, Brother Louis Brousseau, and Brother Tom McConnell—are members of the international Institute of … Read more