'Masterful' Judge Credited For BP Case's Timely End

Law360, New York (July 6, 2015, 6:54 PM EDT) -- U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's management of the complex litigation surrounding BP Exploration & Production Inc.'s role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster helped bring a prompt end to the proceedings, which experts say could have dragged out much longer.

In just a little over five years, BP reached a $9.2 billion settlement with many private claimants and an $18.7 billion deal with the federal and Gulf state governments. Compared with the litigation surrounding the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill — which continued until 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court finally put an end to it — the Deepwater Horizon case has been...

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