Blowout Preventer Maker Loses Bid To Slow Recovery

Law360, New York (August 30, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT) -- The federal judge overseeing litigation stemming from the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon oil spill has shot down a bid by the manufacturer of the oil rig's blowout preventer — a key piece of evidence in the litigation — to delay recovery of the device from the ocean floor.

After an emergency telephone conference Sunday with parties in the litigation, Judge Carl Barbier in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana said he would not interfere with ongoing well-control operations in the Gulf of Mexico,...
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