BP Gets Prior Accidents Excluded From Deepwater Trial

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 10:35 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Thursday granted BP PLC's request to exclude evidence of prior oil refinery accidents and spills from the upcoming trial in multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate any substantial similarity between the prior incidents and the April 20, 2010, explosion and oil spill.

The evidence at issue describes three incidents at BP facilities prior to the Deepwater Horizon spill: a 2005 explosion at a Texas City, Texas, refinery; a...
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