BP Oil Spill Judge Forges New Path For MDLs

Law360, New York (March 8, 2013, 7:03 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's novel approach to shepherding the multidistrict litigation over the Deepwater Horizon disaster has effectively streamlined a massive, unwieldy case, experts say, and his forceful tactics may well inspire judges in future MDLs and mass torts to follow his lead.

It’s been less than three years since BP’s Macondo well experienced a catastrophic blowout April 20, 2010, discharging 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of three months. Yet under Judge Barbier’s watch, the oil giant...
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