Rhon Jones, who heads our firm’s Environmental Law section, has been selected to help direct the litigation related to the BP oil disaster. Rhon is one of 15 lawyers out of more than 100 who applied who will oversee the consolidated litigation as part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC). The BP litigation, which involves hundreds of cases against the oil giant and other Defendants, was consolidated under U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans in August.
This appointment puts our firm in a leadership role with the BP oil litigation. Consolidating the cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) will allow the committee overseeing the process to make sure the case moves forward. This also will allow the cases to move more quickly to resolution. Lawyers on the PSC will coordinate the litigation and work together on issues such as discovery and pretrial motions. This is a most important appointment and Rhon will do a good job.
Our firm has filed a number of lawsuits in District Courts in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana to help protect businesses and individuals harmed by the oil spill. Complaints have been filed on behalf of a broad range of clients including commercial fishing businesses, retail establishments, the restaurant industry, real estate management companies, property owners, persons suffering personal injuries and others. These cases will all be sent to the MDL in New Orleans.
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