In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010

2012 WL 2236737 MDL No. 2179 (2012)

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In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
2012 WL 2236737 MDL No. 2179 (2012)

Facts

A group of plaintiffs filed suit for losses related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. The cases were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) and transferred to the Eastern District of Louisiana. The parties reached settlement agreements that would be administered by a court-supervised settlement program. Also, per the terms of the settlement, all common benefit fees and costs would be paid by BP (defendant). The district court granted preliminary certification of a class-action settlement and preliminary approval of the settlement. Shortly thereafter, the court-supervised settlement program began operation, and the court determined that the issue of individual attorney’s fees was ripe for consideration.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Barbier, J.)

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