JPMDL Refuses To Create New MDL For Gulf Oil Spill Suits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on Aug. 9 refused to create a second multidistrict litigation for suits brought by individuals, businesses and government entities who have opted out of settlement agreements with BP Exploration & Production Inc. to resolve claims stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, finding that it would lead to duplicative discovery and redundant pretrial proceedings (In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" In the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 $(No. II$), No. 2457, JPMDL).

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