BP Spill Suits Consolidated In New Orleans

Law360, New York (August 10, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday consolidated more than 70 suits over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in federal court in Louisiana, despite BP PLC's efforts to transfer the cases to Texas.

Judge Carl J. Barbier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana will oversee the 77 cases covered by the transfer order, as well as potentially more than 200 other related suits that could end up in the MDL.

The panel praised Judge Barbier's "distinguished career" and "considerable...
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