The State of Alabama was in a great position as the first phase of the Limitation trial concluded. Attorney General Luther Strange and Corey Maze, a lawyer in the Alabama Attorney General’s office, have done a good job in Louisiana on behalf of the State. Rhon Jones, Parker Miller and Rick Stratton from our firm have also worked extremely hard for the State of Alabama and its taxpayers representing Gov. Robert Bentley. While other states are now getting involved in the case, the State of Alabama got in early and has been a leader – both in discovery and at trial – since the early days of the multidistrict litigation (MDL).
The State of Florida filed suit against BP last month in the Panama City Division of the Northern District of Florida. The lawsuit includes numerous federal, state and maritime counts. Two years ago, in what may have been a missed opportunity for positioning in the MDL, the State of Florida rejected a chance to join the ongoing federal lawsuit in New Orleans. Fortunately, Alabama filed suit in 2010. The State’s aggressive involvement at the very beginning was the right thing to do. Those who opposed Alabama filing suit, including then Gov. Bob Riley, were proved to be wrong. Our state’s early filing has worked to the benefit of the people of Alabama and certainly it has been good for Attorney General Luther Strange. Gov. Bentley has been a very strong supporter of Alabama’s efforts in New Orleans.
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