Sunday, May 16, 2010
sad but true...
L is for litigation. According to the Times- Picayune:
So far, at least 74 cases involving the spill have been filed in federal courts along the Gulf Coast between Texas and Florida, including 38 in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. As of Wednesday, no suits had been filed in local courts in the New Orleans area, according to parish clerks.
A few suits are wrongful death cases. Most others aspire to be class actions and have been filed on behalf of fishers, restaurants and owners of Gulf Coast beach property.
Most of the litigation won't crank up in earnest until after July 29, when a panel of federal judges meets in Boise, Idaho, to consider whether the cases should be consolidated into one big case in New Orleans, as most people harmed by the spill want, or in Houston, as BP has requested.
As the oil flows, so do the number of lawsuits. It took 20 years to wrap up the legal murky waters of the Exxon Valdez. Just when we thought the situation could not get murkier.