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Transocean payout on hold after oil spill

first_img whatsapp Sunday 15 August 2010 10:45 pm KCS-content Share TRANSOCEAN, the company that leased the rig at the centre of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, has been blocked from paying shareholders a $1bn (£640.7m) dividend. A Swiss regulatory body has rejected plans by Transocean, which leased the Deepwater Horizon rig from BP, to pay shareholders a dividend of 82 cents per share because of its outstanding legal exposure to the spill. Transocean had planned to pay shareholders in four instalments, but the Commercial Register of the Canton of Zug, a region in northern Switzerland where Transocean is headquartered, has put a halt to this while lawsuits against the company are pending.  On Friday, the US state of Alabama joined the list of those pursuing Transocean and others involved in the rig for damages. “The defendants were negligent and wanton in their attempts to clean up oil that gushed into and onto Alabama’s waters and shores,” the suit alleges.Transocean’s dividend plan has drawn sharp criticism in the US. Eleven people were killed in an explosion on the Deepwater rig, which later sank, setting off an oil spill that caused economic and environmental damage along the Gulf coast estimated in the billions of dollars.Several senators have asked Transocean to postpone making a payout until the company’s liabilities have been evaluated. Transocean says the payment to shareholders will not affect its legal obligations.Under pressure from the Obama administration, BP, which has taken responsibility for the cleanup of the oil spill, cancelled its dividend payouts and has agreed to set aside $20bn to help pay for claims.Transocean says it will appeal the Commercial Register’s decision. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero WarsUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comUndo whatsappcenter_img Transocean payout on hold after oil spill Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼last_img

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