After the BP oil spill in 2010, thousands of lawsuits filed by businesses, individuals, and other entities ranging from Texas to Florida were consolidated before U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier in the Eastern District of Louisiana. To facilitate the effective administration of the multidistrict litigation (MDL), Judge Barbier established eight separate “pleading bundles” for different categories and claims. The “B1” Bundle included claims for Non-Governmental Economic Loss and Property Damages by Private Individuals and Businesses. The Court utilized the B1 Master Complaint as a procedural device for administrative purposes to facilitate the filing of short form joinders by Plaintiffs who sought to file suit against BP.
With the purpose of the B1 Master Complaint fulfilled, the Court dismissed the B1 Master Complaint in Pretrial Order No. 60 (PTO 60), which was issued on March 29, 2016. PTO 60 effectively removed the bundling of lawsuits, and contains certain requirements that must be met or risk having the case dismissed without prejudice.
Understandably, the most catastrophic environmental disaster in the history of the United States has taken some time to resolve issues common to all Plaintiffs. The PSC has done a phenomenal job of handling this massive litigation and brokering the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
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