US Ducks Transocean Claims In Deepwater MDL

Law360, New York (November 18, 2011, 10:13 PM EST) -- The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the sprawling multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Friday tossed Transocean Ltd.’s claims that the U.S. government was partly to blame for the 2010 Macondo well explosion that caused the spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier granted the government's motion to dismiss Transocean’s claims, after the government had argued against Transocean's claims that the U.S.' negligent oversight of offshore drilling regulation had led to the disasters, stating that it retained sovereign immunity rights.

In its Feb. 18 third-party...
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