National Public Radio (NPL) Interviews Law Professor on BP Litigation Consolidation before Federal Judge Carl Barbier, Loyola Law Graduate

Law Professor Mitch Crusto was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), on Monday, August 16, 2010, by Linda Wertheimer, about the consolidation of more than 300 lawsuits relating to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, a Loyola Law graduate described as “an exceptional jurist,” will preside over the consolidated BP cases. These cases include rig workers wrongful death and personal injury claims; economic injury and loss of livelihood of shrimpers, oystermen, resort owners, oil industry providers, state and local governments; property owners of damaged property; and civil and criminal environmental damage claims. Crusto stated that, as the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation showed, the BP Oil Spill Litigation could continue for ten or more years. He said he hoped that deserving plaintiffs would find quick relief.

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