Deepwater Litigants Still Gearing Up For Trial

Law360, New Orleans (February 28, 2012, 8:09 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s decision Sunday to delay trial in the multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill raises expectations that BP PLC and plaintiffs’ lawyers are nearing a settlement, but remarks early in the week from officials involved in the case suggest the parties are still preparing to go to court.

On Sunday, less than 24 hours before trial was set to begin in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Barbier postponed the start date from Feb. 27 to March 5 to give...
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