Venue Up In The Air After BP Spill Litigants' MDL Bid

Law360, New York (June 22, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation widely expected to consolidate the hundreds of cases stemming from BP PLC's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the buzz is building about where the litigation might be centralized — and whether the panel will settle for one of the two leading venues that the litigants proposed.

The April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and resulting oil spill have prompted the filing of nearly 200 cases in federal courts in the Gulf Coast region, and...
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