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Year After Gulf Spill, A Rush To Join MDL

Law360 (April 20, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT) -- On Wednesday’s anniversary of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, spill victims scrambled to make last-minute filings preserving their right to join the multidistrict litigation in Louisiana over the disaster, while BP PLC fired off new suits seeking to blame its drilling partners for the incident.

In the year since the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, the MDL has swelled from about 70 cases at its inception to some 350 now, with new cases joining almost daily and scores of other parties poised...
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