Judge approves contents for informational Web site on BP MDL

Alejandro de los Rios Mar. 15, 2011, 1:00pm


U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order today approving the contents of a Web site set up by plaintiffs to answer commonly asked questions regarding the BP oil spill multidistrict litigation (MDL).

The order pertains to the Web site www.OilSpillCourtCase.com, which is maintained and operated by the Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC).

BP had raised objections to the Web site, arguing that further notice is unnecessary, but does not object to the content submitted to the court.

The order approves a list of commonly asked questions and answers regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation.

Questions range from "What is the limitation trial about?" to "What is the Oil Pollution Act?" and "What does it mean to join the federal lawsuit?"

The end of the form features a disclaimer which states, "Several of the legal issues ... are complex and unsettled issues which are disputed by the parties and have not yet been determined by the court."

"If you have questions regarding these issues, you should contact your own attorney or consult with a lawyer of your choice," the disclaimer says.

The questions and answers will be posted on a Web site that is separate from the site used by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana regarding the Oil Spill.

Federal MDL 2:10-md-2179

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