BP, Others Want Deepwater Claims Sent To Escrow 1st

Law360, New York (September 14, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The defendants in the Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation are trying to force plaintiffs seeking damages for economic loss to go to the $20 billion escrow fund set up by BP PLC before they can sue in court.

Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, prospective plaintiffs are not entitled to be in court until at least 90 days after presentment and, if applicable, denial of their claims before the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, according to a memorandum filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the...
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