A New Orleans federal judge has agreed to delay another oil spill lawsuit -- as requested by BP PLC -- while a federal judge in Mobile, Ala., has denied a similar request. The two decisions continue a nearly 50-50 split that has emerged on the question of whether to stay oil spill cases. To date, 17 stays have been denied and 16 have been approved, according to plaintiffs attorney Daniel Becnel Jr., who has several oil spill cases. "It's judicial chaos," Becnel said of the split in stay orders.
50-50 Split Seen on Motions to Stay Oil Spill Lawsuits
The National Law Journal
June 4, 2010