Gulf Oil Spill Litigation

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal ran this editorial tilted “Mississippi Justice on Email”. The article makes a poor attempt to connect the Scruggs State Farm litigation to Attorney General Jim Hood’s request to Congress that it rewrite federal law to allow Mississippi to sue Gulf Oil Spill companies in state court. In attempting to make a connection

There is a dispute brewing among Louisiana plaintiff lawyers over who will get to argue at the MDL Panel hearing on July 29, 2010 that all oil spill cases should be transferred to Louisiana.

Some lawyers want New Orleans lawyer Russ Herman to argue for the Easter District of Louisiana at the hearing. That prompted this lengthy response email from Louisiana

The Wall Street Journal ran this article on Thursday about plaintiffs’ lawyers and the BP oil spill. The article states:

Plaintiffs’ attorneys are scrambling to avoid being frozen out by a $20 billion fund aimed at compensating Gulf of Mexico oil-spill victims outside of court.

According to Louisiana attorney Daniel Becnel:

"People are firing their

The Sun-Herald reports that BP didn’t consider hurricanes in its oil spill response plan:

Rep. Edward Markey says BP’s disaster response plan for an oil spill doesn’t mention hurricanes or tropical storms.

Markey says the omission is yet another example of what the oil giant was not prepared to handle.

The Massachusetts Democrat’s comments came

Today’s Wall Street Journal contained an article on plans that states have to recover oil spill related losses from BP. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood seems to have a handle on the scope of the possible litigation:

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has sought advice from state university researchers, economists and lawyers to assess the