The trial over liability for BP 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill was postponed to February 25 so the lawyers will able to find accommodations in a crowded New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier decided that lawyers were at risk of being crowded out of the city due to Super Bowl and Mardi Gras festivities.
The Super Bowl is currently scheduled for February 3, and the last day of Mardi Gras is February 12. The trial was originally scheduled for January 14, but will now be delayed six weeks because lawyers complained to the judge that they’ve been told they would be kicked out of their rooms to accommodate high paying visitors.
Judge Barbier said that it made no sense to start the trial on time only to have to suspend it as the crowds descended upon the city. BP’s spokesman has declined to comment on the change in the trial date. One of the prominent plaintiff’s attorneys has said that judgment day is fast approaching and a few more weeks won’t make much difference.
BP agreed earlier this year to pay approximately $7.8 billion to resolve most private plaintiffs’ claims for economic loss, property damage and injuries. Judge Barbier will hold a fairness hearing on the $7.8 billion settlement on November 8. All those who have objections to the settlement have to make their issues known by filing a formal objection by November 1.
Other suits involving the Justice Department and Gulf Coast states are ongoing and Judge Barbier will consider fault for the explosion and subsequent spill at the nonjury trial that has now been postponed for February. At trial, Barbier will also determine whether BP or other defendants were grossly negligent in their actions that started the spill. If BP or others are found grossly negligent that could raise the amount of fines that are imposed based on the Clean Water Act.
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Source: “BP Oil-Spill Judge Postpones Trial on Fault to February,” by Margaret Cronin Fisk, published at Bloomberg.com.
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