Plaintiffs Want La., Defendants Want Texas For BP MDL

Law360, New York (July 29, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard oral argument Thursday on where to consolidate the hundreds of cases stemming from the BP PLC oil spill, with most defendants pushing for a district court in Houston and most plaintiffs pushing for a district court in New Orleans.

The roving seven-member MDL panel, sitting in Boise, Idaho, suspended a rule limiting oral argument to a maximum of 20 minutes, but said it didn't anticipate allotting more than one hour for the oil spill docket. About two dozen...
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