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JPMDL Asked To Consolidate Oil Spill Lawsuits

BOISE, Idaho — (AP) A federal judicial panel wrestled Thursday with perceptions of bias and conflict among both judges and geography in figuring out where to consolidate more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Some of the 23 attorneys...

Oil Spill Injury, Economic Damages Cases Consolidated In Louisiana Federal Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) decided Aug. 10 to consolidate hundreds of personal injury and economic damages claims related to the BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ( In re: Oil...

Judge Asked To Postpone Trial For Gulf Oil Spill Cases

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Some of the companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to postpone until 2012 a trial designed to assign percentages of fault in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Judge Appoints BP Oil Plaintiffs' Steering, Executive Committees

MIAMI - U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana on Oct. 8 issued a pretrial order appointing 15 lawyers to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) of the BP oil spill multidistrict litigation. More than 100 trial attorneys from across the United States applied...

Weitz & Luxenberg’s Robin Greenwald Named To BP Oil Spill Litigation PSC

NEW YORK - Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has announced that Robin Greenwald, the head of Weitz & Luxenberg's environmental and toxic tort litigation unit, has been selected to serve on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the BP oil spill litigation. The appointment was announced in an Oct...

Judge: 1st Gulf Oil Spill Trial Could Start Next June

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A judge presiding over more than 300 lawsuits arising from the Gulf Coast oil spill says the first federal trial involving damage claims could be held next summer. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says the first "test trial" for claims filed against energy giant BP PLC. ...

BP Waives $75M Cap For Some Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) BP PLC informed a federal judge Monday that the company is waiving a $75 million cap on its liability for certain economic damage claims spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill. In a court filing, BP lawyers said the company is waiving the statutory limitation on liability. . . . Full...

Oil Spill MDL Judge Expected To Move Quickly

MIAMI BEACH - The judge overseeing the BP oil spill litigation MDL is expected to move the massive litigation along quickly, a plaintiff attorney reported Nov. 4. Scott Sumy of Baron & Budd in Dallas made his remarks at HB Litigation Conferences' Oil in the Gulf - Litigation & Insurance...

Transocean Ordered To Turn Over Safety Records

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal judge has ordered Transocean Ltd. to turn over a batch of safety records to a government panel probing the deadly rig explosion that spawned the massive Gulf oil spill. The company that owned the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig had balked at providing safety records. . ....

U.S. Judge: Oil Spill Claims Czar Feinberg Not Independent Of BP

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for Gulf oil spill victims is not independent from BP and must stop telling potential claimants that he is, a federal judge said in a ruling Wednesday that may spur more people to sue rather than settle. U.S. District Judge Carl...

Oil Spill MDL Judge: BP, Andarko Liable Under Clean Water Act

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico held Feb. 22 that BP PLC and Andarko Petroleum Co. are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA...

Halliburton Agrees To Pay $1.1 Billion To Resolve Most Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (HESI), the company that was responsible for cement work for the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, on Sept. 2 filed an agreement in Louisiana federal court under which it will pay approximately $1.1 billion to resolve claims for...