Judge Carl Barbier continued the start of the trial to determine liability from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Instead of January, the next trial will now start on February 25, 2013. This short delay was because of tourist events that will keep New Orleans’ hotels booked. Judge Barbier, who is presiding over the three-part hearing to decide liability for the oil spill, postponed the trial when originally set last year because of the settlement by BP with private Plaintiffs. Judge Barbier explained the recent change was a result of lodging difficulties arising from two huge events to be hosted in New Orleans in early 2013 – the NFL’s Super Bowl on Feb. 3, and the Mardi Gras festival set for February 12th. This should not be taken as a negative in any respect. The trial will go forward on the new date and BP knows it. This short delay wasn’t good news for BP.
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