A federal judge in New Orleans will preside over the multidistrict litigation arising from the BP oil spill. On Tuesday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the wrongful death and economic and environmental damages actions against BP PLC and other defendants sent to U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The panel's order said New Orleans was the "geographic and psychological center of gravity" for the oil spill. Barbier has agreed to hear the cases.
New Orleans Federal Judge to Hear Consolidated BP Oil Spill Cases
The National Law Journal
August 11, 2010