The State of Alabama has made good progress in deposition discovery in its case against BP. Reports from the depositions have been very positive, and lawyers from our firm and the Office of the Attorney General have done a very good job keeping this case organized and on track under very difficult circumstances. To date, numerous employees have been deposed from both the State and BP. Fact deposition discovery is set to conclude in July with expert discovery beginning in August 2015. Expert discovery will conclude in December 2015.
This case may undoubtedly be one of the most significant high-stakes cases that the State has ever faced. Oftentimes, cases of this magnitude are spread over numerous individual plaintiffs, but in this case, there is only one plaintiff and one shot. In addition, BP has invested an enormous amount of money in their legal resources. This investment means that BP will scour every possible avenue of the case for ways to hurt the State’s case, or to simply throw the State off course. This case is extremely complex. The case calls for answers to important questions on a variety of fields, including governmental process, economics, accounting, property-related environmental analysis, and response operations.
Lawyers in our firm have a unique understanding of the demands and requirements necessary to weather a skilled legal defense under these circumstances. For instances, in other cases, it is not so much an accomplishment to get to the deposition stage, but in this case, it most certainly was. BP expended an enormous amount of resources analyzing every possible weakness in the State’s production on a level typically unseen in other cases – even high-stakes cases.
But the bottom line is that the State of Alabama has made tremendous progress in deposition discovery in its case against BP. The depositions have gone extremely well and we are well pleased. All who have been involved on behalf of the State have done a very good job keeping this case organized and on track under very difficult circumstances. Thus far, a large number of employees from both the State and BP have been deposed. Fact deposition discovery will conclude this month. Expert discovery is to begin in August and that discovery will conclude in December 2015. We believe the state’s case is in excellent shape. BP should recognize that to be an accurate appraisal. I really don’t believe BP can afford to try the case based on all that we have learned during discovery. In any event, we look forward to trying Alabama’s case if it doesn’t settle.
Our team is committed to making the State of Alabama whole for its losses. We are going to bring all of the resources of our firm to bear to assist Gov. Robert Bentley and the Attorney General’s Office in order to accomplish that goal. If you would like more information about the State of Alabama vs. BP case, contact Parker Miller, a lawyer in our firm who is on the trial team, at Parker.Miller@beasleyallen.com, or 800-898-2034.
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