La. Asks 5th Circ. For New Judge In Deepwater MDL

Law360, New York (January 6, 2014, 7:20 PM EST) -- Louisiana's top attorney is urging the Fifth Circuit to pull the federal judge overseeing the BP PLC Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation off the state's oil spill damages appeal, arguing the judge is violating due process and state sovereignty by holding up the case.

The state claims in a Dec. 27 petition for writ of mandamus that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has effectively told Louisiana that its rights are nonexistent. By refusing to hear the state's claim until after a test trial for Alabama's economic loss...
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