Judge Paves Way For Deepwater Personal Injury Jury Trials

By Caroline Simson (April 27, 2015, 9:07 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge concluded Monday that a plaintiff in ongoing medical benefits class action over the BP PLC Deepwater Horizon disaster is entitled to a jury, setting the stage for BP to potentially face thousands of jury trials involving personal injury claims.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier found that a 2012 medical benefits settlement did not preclude claimants filing so-called back-end litigation option — which enables class members with physical conditions that manifested after April 2012 to file their own separate suit in certain circumstances — from requesting a jury.

The ruling addressed whether an individual class member's BELO...

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