Criminal Probe Drives Deepwater Atty From Plaintiffs Team

Law360, New York (March 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT) -- A high-profile Texas attorney has stepped down from the plaintiffs' steering committee in the multidistrict litigation against BP PLC over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with his lawyer citing a criminal probe into his role in the litigation as the reason for the resignation.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is overseeing the litigation against the energy giant in Louisiana, instructed a clerk to remove Mikal Watts of Watts Guerra Craft LLP from the list of plaintiffs' steering committee and class counsel members in an order...
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