Environmental Law

BP Oil Spill Litigation to Be Heard by Federal Judge in New Orleans


A federal panel of judges has decided that litigation concerning the massive undersea BP PLC oil spill that began in April will be heard by a federal judge in New Orleans.

The decision to direct civil cases concerning the spill to U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is likely to please lawyers for plaintiffs, who had sought to have the litigation heard at a location that is considered ground zero for environmental damage caused by the spill, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Defense lawyers had sought to have the cases tried in Houston, an oil industry hub that is considered a friendlier forum for their side.

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