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Scott Summy Co-Lead Counsel On Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee In BP Oil Spill Litigation

DALLAS - Scott Summy, head of Baron & Budd's water contamination team, is one of four attorneys chosen to serve on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the Gulf Oil Spill Multidistrict Litigation (MDL).

As co-lead counsel on the Executive Committee, Summy will help coordinate the activities of the concurrently appointed 15-member Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC). Summy was also selected to be a member of the PSC.

The interests of multiple plaintiffs in the Gulf oil spill were consolidated in August under a MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The 15 attorneys appointed to the PSC will coordinate the litigation and work together to represent plaintiffs who have filed suit against the companies connected to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and subsequent oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans announced the appointments Oct. 8. More than 100 applications, submitted by some of the most prestigious trial attorneys in the nation, were filed with Judge Barbier. Also appointed to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee were James Parkerson Roy of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards in Lafayette, La., Stephen J. Herman of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar in New Orleans and Brian Barr of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Eschner in Pensacola, Fla.

Summy has a lengthy track record battling BP and a history of leading significant water contamination cases. He served as co-lead counsel and treasurer of the PSC in the MTBE multi-district litigation. Working on behalf of more than 150 public water systems in 17 states whose groundwater was contaminated by MTBE, Summy negotiated more than $450 million in settlements to compensate the water providers for their water contamination claims and pay future cleanup costs.

Summy also represented the city of Santa Monica, Calif., against major oil companies, including BP, in an MTBE water contamination case that successfully settled for an appraised value of $315 million and provided funds for the city to continue buying water for residents until MTBE could be removed from their water supply.

During his practice, Summy has represented approximately 700 plaintiffs in 20 states in cases against BP and represented more than 200 public entities, including the state of New Mexico, in dozens of environmental litigation cases around the United States.

Dallas-based Baron & Budd, with offices in Baton Rouge, La.; Austin, Texas; Beverly Hills, Calif.; and Miami, is a nationally recognized law firm with a 30-year history of representing people and communities harmed by corporate negligence. For more information, visit