Barbier says RICO and class action complaints must be filed by Jan. 24 in BP MDL

Alejandro de los Rios Jan. 19, 2011, 9:55am


U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Jan. 18 stipulating deadlines for the filing of the plaintiff's consolidated class action and any RICO complaints in BP oil spill multidistrict litigation (MDL).

According to Barbier's order, the consolidated class action complaint and claims asserted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) must be filed by Jan. 24.

Barbier presides in federal court at New Orleans over claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon explosion last April.

Any defendants named in the consolidated class action have until Feb. 28 to respond. The order also stipulates that any defendants seeking to file a Rule 12 motion must filed a memorandum in support that is no more than 50 pages long.

Any oppositions or motions to dismiss must be submitted on or before March 28, and also should not exceed 50 pages. Reply briefs are due April 25 and are not to exceed 25 pages.

The next status conference in the BP MDL is set for Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. in Barbier's court.

Federal MDL 2:10-md-02179-CJB-SS

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