Current Developments
Last Updated: 09/25/2014

UPDATE (2/12/14) REGARDING THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT:
On February 11, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, dismissed the remaining appeals to the Medical Benefits Settlement. Consequently, the “Effective Date” of the Medical Benefits Settlement is February 12, 2014. The deadline for submitting a claim to the Medical Benefits Claims Administrator is one year from the "Effective Date."

Do not contact the Court with questions about the Medical Benefits Settlement. Questions should be directed to the Medical Benefits Claims Administrator: 1-877-545-5111 or 1-800-877-8973 (for TTY assistance). Additional contact information can be found at https://deepwaterhorizonmedicalsettlement.com/en-us/contactbrus.aspx.

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On December 21, 2012, the Court gave final approval of the Economic and Property Damages Settlement. On January 11, 2013, the Court gave final approval of the Medical Benefits Settlement. The final approval orders and judgments can be viewed here (Economic Order & Reasons), here (Economic Judgment), here (Medical Order & Reasons), and here (Medical Judgment).

The Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement as amended on May 2, 2012 can be viewed here.

The Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement Agreement as amended on May 1, 2012, can be viewed here.

Questions regarding these settlements should be directed to the Court Supervised Settlement Program, which can be reached at (866) 992-6174 or for TTY assistance (888) 584-7624. Information is also available from this website: www.deepwaterhorizonsettlements.com and from the contacts/references listed here.

Inquiries about these settlements should NOT be directed to the Court.

 
 
September 24, 2014

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference during which BPís Motion for Restitution and Injunctive Relief was denied; other matters were taken under advisement. The status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript.

September 23, 2014

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference regarding the Courtís Show Cause Order of September 6, 2013. The status conference was transcribed by Karen Ibos, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7776 to request a copy of the transcript.

September 22, 2014
On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the Status Conference on September 24 at 9:00 a.m.
September 19, 2014
On this date, the Court published the Court-Designated Neutrals’ recommendations regarding the Seafood Compensation Program. Any objections or comments must be filed by Monday, October 20, 2014.
September 15, 2014
On this date, the Court issued an Order denying the OPA Test Case Plaintiffs’ Motion to Strike Affirmative Defenses, etc. The Order also admonishes counsel to adhere to the page limits and formatting requirements set by the Court.
September 4, 2014
On this date, the Court issued the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law relative to the Phase One trial. Note that this document contains multiple figures which are best viewed in color, as opposed to black and white. When printing this document, it is advisable to use a color printer.
September 2, 2014
On this date, the PSC and Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (“HESI”) jointly filed the HESI Punitive Damages and Assigned Claims Settlement Agreement.
July 18, 2014
On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 58, governing the production and use of raw laboratory data during the Penalty Phase.
On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 57, establishing a protocol for disclosures clarifying the basis for “B3” claims against the Clean-Up Responder Defendants. Note that this protocol applies to plaintiffs who either are not class members in the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement or formally opted out of same, and who desire to pursue “B3” claims for exposure injuries and/or damages against any Clean-Up Responder Defendant(s).
June 6, 2014
On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding BP’s Motion to Clarify or Amend Order Regarding Class Counsel’s Motion to Protect and Preserve Claimant Confidentiality and to Enforce Orders of the Court.
May 28, 2014
On this date, the Court issued an Order dissolving the injunction regarding Business Economic Loss Claims under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement and implementing Policy No. 495 (“Business Economic Loss Claims: Matching of Revenue and Expenses).
May 5, 2014
On this date, the Court issued an Order approving Policy No. 495 (“Business Economic Loss Claims: Matching of Revenue and Expenses”) and authorizing the Settlement Program to immediately implement the processing of BEL claims pursuant to the policy.
April 29, 2014
On this date, the Court issued an Order granting the Special Master’s motion for return of payments made to Casey C. Thonn and others.
March 25, 2014
On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding Class Counsel’s Motion to Protect and Preserve Claimant Confidentiality and to Enforce Orders of the Court.
March 21, 2014
On this date, the Court held a Status Conference during which it scheduled the Penalty Phase trial for Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The status conference was transcribed by Jodi Simcox, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7780 to request a copy of the transcript.
March 19, 2014
On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 56, amending Pretrial Order No. 9 (‟Plaintiffs’ Counsel Time and Expense Submissions”).
December 24, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order responding to the remand of Business Economic Loss issues.
December 5, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order amending the October 18, 2013 preliminary injunction relating to Business Economic Loss (BEL) claims.
November 22, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order amending and clarifying its previous Order of Nov. 15, 2013 and denying BP’s Motion to Amend Scheduling Order re BEL Remand and Preliminary Injunction Relating to BEL Claims.
October 21, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding Phase Two post-trial briefing.
October 18, 2013
In light of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision of October 2, 2013, the Court issued a Preliminary Injunction suspending certain Business Economic Loss and Individual Economic Loss claims under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
October 3, 2013
In light of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision of October 2, 2013, regarding the Business Economic Loss (BEL) framework under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement, the Court issued an Order requiring, among other things, that the Claims Administrator immediately suspend the issuance of any final determination notices or any payments with respect to those BEL claims in which the Claims Administrator determines that the matching of revenues and expenses is an issue.
October 1, 2013
On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 55, re-appointing Plaintiff’s Co-Liaison Counsel, Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, and Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.
September 11, 2013
On this date, the Court held a Final Pretrial Conference. The conference was transcribed by Karen Ibos, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7776 to request a copy of the transcript.
September 10, 2013
On this date, the Court ordered that the Pretrial Conference for the Phase Two trial will not be open to the press and public. The Court also rescheduled the time of the conference and issued a tentative agenda.
September 6, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order granting the Defendants’ motions for summary judgment, denying the Mexican States’ motion for summary judgment, and dismissing all remaining claims by the Mexican States.
Also on this date, the Court posted the Report of Special Master Louis J. Freeh and issued an Order regarding same.
August 22, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order governing access by press and public to the Phase Two trial and materials.
The Court also issued an Order regarding presentation of evidence during the Phase Two trial.
The Court also issued an Order appointing P. Raymond Lamonica as the Documentation Reviewer under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
August 15, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order providing for amendment to structured settlement option and release.
July 26, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing Judge Jerry A. Brown as the Third Party Claims Adjudicator over disputes regarding third party claims for attorney fees or fees for other services performed in connection with a Settlement Program claim.

The Court also issued an Order approving rules governing the third party claims dispute resolution process within the Settlement Program.

July 19, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order continuing the Phase Two trial until September 30, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

The Court also held a hearing during which it denied BP’s Motion for Emergency Preliminary Injunction to Suspend Payments from Court Supervised Settlement Program Pending Special Master Freeh's Investigation and Report.

The Court also issued an Amendment to Pretrial Orders 1 and 14, regarding communications between counsel for the PSC, Transocean, Halliburton, Alabama, and Louisiana.

July 2, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing Louis Freeh and the Freeh Group as Special Master.
June 27, 2013
On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript.
June 25, 2013
On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the Status Conference on June 27 at 2:00 p.m.
June 19, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding dispositive motions and motions in limine for the Phase Two trial.
May 31, 2013
On this date, the Court scheduled a Status Conference for Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
May 23, 2013
On this date, the Court issued First Amended Pretrial Order No. 37 and First Amended Pretrial Order No. 39, both relating to testing of samples.
May 20, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding discretionary Court review of appeal determinations in the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement.

The Court also issued an Order regarding new related cases pending consolidation

The Court also issued an Order regarding filing requests for summons and summons returns.

April 24, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding post-trial briefing for the Phase One trial.
The Court also issued an Order regarding appeals in the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
April 15, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order approving rules governing third party claims dispute resolution process as to attorney fee liens.
April 9, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order instructing the Economic and Property Damages Settlement to follow certain rulings of the Court.
April 8, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing Judge Jerry A. Brown as Attorney Liens Adjudicator under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
March 11, 2013
On this date, the Court issued an Order approving the first amended procedure for the processing of third party claims against claimant recoveries under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.
February 22, 2013

On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding public access to trial materials through a FTP website, www.mdl2179trialdocs.com.

February 19, 2013

On this date, the Court signed a Partial Consent Decree with Amendment between the United States and the Transocean entities.

The Court also signed a Stipulation mooting BP’s motion for partial summary judgment respecting civil penalties for 800,000 barrels of oil.

January 31, 2013

On this date, the Court issued an Order providing for a structured settlement option.

The Court also issued an Order appointing Daniel J. Balhoff as joint Court-Designated Neutral to preside with John W. Perry over the settlement of the seafood program. Randi S. Ellis is appointed as Deputy Court-Designated Neutral.

January 24, 2013

On this date, the Court issued an Order denying a motion for extension of time to submit claims to the Seafood Compensation Program.

January 18, 2013

On this date, the Court held a Final Pretrial Conference. The conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript.

The Court also issued an Order regarding press and public access to the Phase One trial.

January 16, 2013

On this date, the Court issued an Order directing the Medical Benefits Settlement Claims Administrator to send letters regarding requests to revoke exclusion (opt-out) requests.

January 15, 2013

On this date, the Court issued an Order directing the Notice Administrator to send letters reminding potential oyster leaseholder class members of the January 22, 2013 deadline for filing claims with the Seafood Compensation Program.

The Court also issued an Order directing the Claims Administrator to send letters regarding requests to revoke exclusion (opt-out) requests.

January 14, 2013

On this date, the Court changed the time of the January 18 Final Pretrial Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The Final Pretrial Conference is not open to the public; only trial counsel may attend.

January 11, 2013

On this date, the Court issued an Order and Reasons and an Order and Judgment certifying the Medical Benefits Settlement Class and granting final approval of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement.

January 4, 2013

On this date, the Court issued Amended Pretrial Order No. 54, regarding procedures for Phase One Trial on February 25, 2013.

December 21, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order and Reasons and Order and Judgment certifying the Economic and Property Settlement Class and granting final approval of the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement.

December 12, 2012

On this date, the Court Canceled the Status Conference scheduled for Tuesday, December 18.

December 7, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 54, regarding pretrial procedures for the Feb. 25, 2013 Phase One Trial.

November 28, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting Nalco’s motion for summary judgment.

November 16, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order extending deadlines for revoking opt-out requests for the proposed class action settlements.

November 8, 2012

On this date, the Court held a Final Fairness Hearing. The hearing was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T.

November 1, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Third Amended Pretrial Order No. 41 [Case Management Order No.5], rescheduling the Phase I Trial for February 25, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. and changing the dates of other conferences.

The Court also issued a Third Amendment to Pretrial Order No. 1, regarding attorneys appearing pro hac vice.

The Court also issued an Order regarding objectors’ presentations at the November 8 fairness hearing.

October 26, 2012

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Toni Tusa, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7778 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Tuesday, December 18 at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T.

October 24, 2012

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the 10/26/12 Status Conference.

October 17, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order approving a procedure for the Claims Administrator of the Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement to process claims on behalf of deceased, minor, or incompetent claimants.

October 16, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order concerning refund of transition payments.

October 1, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting motions to dismiss the “Pure Stigma Claims,” “BP Dealer Claims,” and “Recreation Claims.”

The Court also rescheduled the next Status Conference for October 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

September 24, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order approving a procedure for the Claims Administrator of the Economic and Property Damages Settlement to process claims on behalf of deceased, minor, or incompetent claimants.

The Court also received a Report by the Claims Administrator of the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement.

September 18. 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding procedures for the Claims Administrator to obtain trip tickets, dealer reports, and/or their equivalents directly from authorities. The Court issued a similar Order regarding commercial fishing licenses and a similar Order regarding vessel registration information.

September 14, 2012

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Friday, October 19, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. C.D.T.

September 11, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order changing the time of the 9/14/12 Status Conference to 9:00 a.m.

The Court also issued a Tentative Agenda for the 9/14/12 Status Conference.

The Court also issued an Order regarding procedures for the November 8 Final Fairness Hearing.

The Court also issued an Order approving a procedure to process third party claims against claimant recoveries in the Economic and Property Damages Settlement.

September 10, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding attendance at Liaison Counsel Meetings.

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 53, re-appointing Plaintiff's Co-Liaison Counsel, Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, and Plaintiffs' Steering Committee.

September 4, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 52, coordinating Phase Two Discovery with MDL 2185 and amending PTO 27 and PTO 17.

August 31, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order extending the deadline for filing and service of objections to the two class action settlements through September 7, 2012.

August 27, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order extending the opt-out deadline for the proposed class action settlements to November 1, 2012.

August 16, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Liberty Insurance Underwriters, Inc.'s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.

August 13, 2012

On this date, the Court canceled the Status Conference scheduled for August 17, 2012.  The next Status Conference is scheduled for September 14, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

August 6, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 51, governing subpoenas to third parties.

July 19, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding misleading websites.

July 16, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order 50, amending Pretrial Order 13, to govern the production of certain information by the United States.

July 13, 2012

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference.  The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter.  Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript.  The next Status Conference will be on Friday, August 17, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.

July 11, 2012

On this date, the court issued a Revised Tentative Agenda for the July 13, 2012 Status Conference.

July 10, 2012

On this date, the court issued a Tentative Agenda for the July 13, 2012 Status Conference.

June 26, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing appeal panelist pursuant to the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement.

June 15, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an order capping certain attorneys’ fees at 25%.

June 11, 2012

On this date, the Court cancelled the Status Conference scheduled for June 15, 2012.

June 5, 2012

On this date, the Court received a Status Report from the Claims Administrator regarding the transfer of claims, data, etc. to the Court Supervised Settlement Program.

June 4, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 49, establishing docket number 10-7777 for filing objections to the proposed settlements.

May 30, 2012

On this date, the Court issued Second Amended Pretrial Order No. 41 (Case Management Order No. 4) regarding the Trial of Liability, Limitation, Exoneration, and Fault scheduled to re-commence on January 14, 2013.

May 7, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order setting the dates of status conferences through December 2012.

May 3, 2012

On this date, the Court held an In-Chambers Status Conference regarding the trial plan. The Limitation and Liability Trial is scheduled for January 14, 2013.

On this date, the Court issued an Order clarifying the "Hold-Back Order" relative to Settlement Payments made through the Court-Supervised Settlement Program.

May 2, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order preliminarily and conditionally certifying the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Class and preliminarily approving the proposed Economic and Property Damages Settlement.

The Court also issued an Order preliminarily and conditionally certifying the Medical Benefits Settlement Class and preliminarily approving the proposed Medical Benefits Settlement.

The Court also issued an Order extending the deadline for the acceptance of the GCCF quick pay offers to June 11, 2012.

April 25, 2012

On this date, a Preliminary Approval Hearing was held regarding the Motions for Preliminary Approval of the proposed Economic and Property Damage Class Settlement and Medical Benefits Class Settlement.

April 18, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order scheduling a hearing for Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2 p.m., on the request for conditional and preliminary certification of the Economic/Property Damage Class and Medical Benefits Class and the request for preliminary approval of the proposed settlements respecting these putative classes.

April 16, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order extending the deadline for submitting the motion for preliminary approval to 8:30 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

March 21, 2012

On this date, the Court issued a Clarifying Order regarding the transition process and GCCF appeals.

March 14, 2012

On this date, the Court issued a Clarifying Order regarding the transition process and "Bundle A" personal injury and/or wrongful death claims.

March 8, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing John W. Perry to preside over the seafood component of the proposed settlement.

On this date, the Court issued an Order (as amended) creating the transition process and appointing claims administrator and transition coordinator.

March 5, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing interim class counsel.

March 2, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order adjourning Phase I of the trial scheduled to commence March 5, 2012.

February 26, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order adjourning Phase I of the trial until March 5, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.

February 22, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding the United States’, Transocean’s, and Anadarko’s Cross-Motions for Partial Summary Judgment on liability under the Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act.

February 17, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order regarding access to the trial by the press and public.

February 15, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order unsealing documents connected to Weatherford’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

February 7, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order addressing some frequently asked  questions received from the press and the public regarding the Feb. 27, 2012 trial.

February 3, 2012

On this date, the Court held a Pretrial Conference regarding the trial scheduled to commence on February 27, 2012.

January 31, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order changing the time of the 2/3/12 Pretrial Conference to 8:30 a.m. This Pretrial Conference is not a public hearing in court, but intended as a chambers conference with only trial counsel to discuss logistical or other issues relating to the trial scheduled to commence on February 27, 2012.

The Court also issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Halliburton’s and BP’s Cross-Motions for Partial Summary Judgment regarding contractual indemnity.

January 26, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Transocean’s and BP’s Cross-Motions for Partial Summary Judgment regarding contractual indemnity.

January 19, 2012

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The Pretrial Conference will be on Friday, February 3, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T. This final Pretrial Conference is not a public hearing in court, but intended as a chambers conference with trial counsel to discuss logistical or other issues relating to the trial scheduled to commence on February 27, 2012.

January 18, 2012

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the January 19, 2012 Status Conference.

The Court issued an Order amending and superseding previous Orders relative to the Court-supervised escrow account and reserve.

The Court issued Pretrial Order 48, amending Pretrial Order 26 and appointing Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell as Co-Coordinating Counsel for State Interests.

January 4, 2012

On this date, the Court issued an Order amending and clarifying its Order of December 28, 2011, which established a Court-supervised escrow account and reserve.

December 28, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order establishing a Court-supervised escrow account and reserve.

December 21, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order rescheduling the next Status Conference for January 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

December 16, 2011

On this date, the Court issued held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Friday, January 20, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T.

December 15, 2011

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the December 16, 2011 Status Conference.

December 9, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss the Local Government Entity Master Complaint and certain other cases within Pleading Bundle C.

November 18, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Friday, December 16, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T.

On this date, the Court issued a Revised Tentative Agenda for the November 18, 2011 status conference.

November 16, 2011

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the November 18, 2011 status conference.

November 15, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, denying the BP entities’ Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in the Insurance Actions, Case Nos.11-274 and 11-275.

November 14, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss the Complaints of the States of Alabama and Louisiana.

October 21, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Friday, November 18, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T.

October 19, 2011

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the October 21, 2011 status conference.

October 12, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, granting the Joint Motion to Dismiss the claims asserted in the B4 Pleading Bundle.

October 5, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #46, appointing Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel, Plaintiff Executive Committee, and Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.  The Court also issued Pretrial Order #47, regarding designation of documents as "Confidential" or "Highly Confidential" pursuant to Pretrial Order #13.

October 4, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Amended Order, granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss the B3 Master Complaint (amending Order of September 30, 2011).

October 3, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #44, relating to deposition protocol, and Pretrial Order #45, relating to the use of sample reference material.

September 30, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss the B3 Master Complaint).

September 21, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #43, relating to the definition of "sample" and the Court’s preservation requirements.

September 16, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next Status Conference will be on Friday, October 21, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. C.D.T.

The Court also issued Pretrial Order #42, approving forms for Short-Form Joinder and Plaintiff Profile Form amendments and dismissals, adopting forms for the release of medical and employer information, and vacating Pretrial Order 34.

September 14, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #41 (Case Management Order # 3; Amended on September 21, 2011), governing the scope and structure of the Trial scheduled for February 27, 2012. The Court also issued a Tentative Agenda for the September 16, 2011 status conference.

September 12, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, regarding the creation and management of a shared database to house data for Bundle B1, Bundle B3, and Bundle C Plaintiffs.

September 9, 2011

On this date, the Court issued a Stipulated Order setting deadlines for certain pleadings relative to the B1 Master Complaint, B3 Master Complaint, Limitation Action (10-2771), and United States v. BP Exploration & Production Inc., et al. (10-4536).

August 26, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss the B1 Bundle Master Complaint.

August 12, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript.

August 11, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Updated Tentative Agenda for the August 12, 2011 status conference.

August 10, 2011

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the August 12, 2011 status conference.

July 20, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, denying BP’s Motion to Dismiss Transocean’s Complaint in Intervention in the Insurance Actions.

July 15, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, granting BP’s Motion to Stay Proceedings Between BP and Anadarko.

On this date, the Court also issued an Order, granting BP’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ RICO Claims (B2 Pleading Bundle).

On this date, the Court issued an Order, granting Plaintiffs’ Motion on the Admissibility of the Boots and Coots Report.

July 12, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #40 which addresses the return of tangible items in the possession of the JIT to designated owners.

July 8, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Friday, August 12, 2011, at 8:30 a.m.

The Court also issued Pretrial Order #38 relating to confidentiality of settlement negotiations, Pretrial Order #39 relating to testing of samples, an Order granting BP’s Motion for Non-Applicability of Preservation of Evidence Obligations, and a Case Management Order regarding limited discovery and mediation in connection with Vessels of Opportunity Program contract matters.

July 6, 2011

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the July 8, 2011 status conference.

June 24, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #37 relating to United States’ and Natural Resource Trustees’ testing of samples.

June 20, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an agreed-upon Case Management Order governing insurance actions.

June 16, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order relating to BP’s Motion to Stay Proceedings Between BP and Anadarko and instructing the parties to submit further briefing.

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ D1 Master Complaint, which included claims for injunctive and regulatory relief.

May 26, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference, including the oral argument on the Motions to Dismiss, was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Friday, July 8, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

May 23, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Agenda for the May 26, 2011 status conference.

May 16, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #36 regarding the production of confidential information by the United States.

On this date, the Court also issued an Amendment to Pretrial Orders #1 and #14 regarding communications between counsel for the United States, the States, and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

May 12, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order denying certain Plaintiffs’ Motion to Clarify Pretrial Order #34.

April 29, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 8:30 a.m.

On this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order #35, amending Pretrial Order #30 governing out-of-date samples.

April 27, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Agenda for the April 29, 2011 status conference.

April 15, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, vacating the St. Joe’s Company’s Notices of Voluntary Dismissals in two member cases.

April 12, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #34, requiring leave of court for dismissals without prejudice.

March 25, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Friday, April 29, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

On this date, the Court also issued an Order granting BP’s Motion for Access to the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer (Rec. Doc. 1533).

March 24, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Agenda for the March 25, 2011 status conference.

On this date, the Court also issued a Stipulated Order governing deadlines in connection with Petitioners’ Rule 14(c) Third-Party Complaint and Certain Bundle C Pleadings.

March 15, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, which permits the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee to provide Commonly Asked Questions to potential claimants.

On this date, the Court issued another Order, regarding deadlines for answers, cross-claims, and third-party complaints.

March 9, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #33, which provides the Short-Form Joinder form for local government entities and deems Short-Form Joinders filed in CA 10-9999 to be filed within MDL 2179 and the Limitation Action, CA 10-2771.

March 3, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #32 (Case Management Order #2), which includes a revised case management schedule.

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 31, which clarifies the master complaints, short-form joinders, and responsive pleadings.

February 25, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Friday, March 25, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

On this date, the Court issued three Orders relating to parties’ preservation-of-evidence obligations: Pretrial Order # 30 (granting the United States’ Motion regarding out-of-date samples), Order (granting the United States’ Motion regarding destructive testing of rock samples and drill cuttings), and Order (granting BP’s Motion regarding various equipment).

On this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order # 29, regarding documents produced by BP in the Texas City Litigation.

February 23, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, which grants the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee’s Motion for Court Approval of Proposed Notice (Rec. Doc. 1126).

On this date, the Court also issued a Tentative Agenda for the February 25, 2011 status conference.

February 14, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 28, which amends Pretrial Order # 25 and Pretrial Order # 11 regarding responsive pleadings deadlines.

February 2, 2011

On this date, the Court issued an Order, which grants in part Plaintiffs’ Motion to Supervise Ex Parte Communications Between BP Defendants and Putative Class Members (Rec. Doc. 912).

On this date, the Court also issued an Order, granting the State of Louisiana’s Motion for Confirmation of Non-Applicability of, or Exemption from, Certain Party-Plaintiff Requirements (Rec. Doc. 876).

January 28, 2011

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Friday, February 25, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

January 27, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 27, which amends Pretrial Order # 17 on deposition protocol.

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 26, announcing the appointment of Government Coordinating Counsel.

On this date, the Court also issued a Tentative Agenda for the January 28, 2011 status conference.

January 12, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 25, which clarified the pleading bundles, responsive pleadings, and the master complaints, as well as provided the Amended Plaintiff Profile Form and the Short-Form Joinder form.

On this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order # 24, which deemed Short-Form Joinders filed in CA 10-8888 to be filed within MDL 2179 and the Limitation Action, CA 10-2771.

January 4, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 23, which provides notification to unrepresented defendants of depositions.

On this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order # 22, relating to the United States’ preservation of documents and electronically stored information.

January 3, 2011

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 21, which designates the location of BP employee depositions.

December 17, 2010

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript. The next status conference will be Friday, January 28, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.

Also on this date, the Court issued an Order, granting the United States’ First Amended Petition for Enforcement of Administrative Subpoena (Rec. Doc. 6 in member case 10-4397).

Lastly, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 20, which outlines direct-file procedures for parties wishing to join in a Master Complaint.

December 15, 2010

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the December 17, 2010 status conference.

December 2, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 19, which sets the dates for status conferences through February 2012.

December 1, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 18, which governs discovery of experts.

November 19, 2010

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference. The monthly status conference was transcribed by Cathy Pepper, Official Court Reporter. Counsel may contact her at (504) 589-7779 to request a copy of the transcript.  The Court scheduled the next status conference for Friday, December 17, 2010, at 9:30 a.m.

Also on this date, the Court issued an Order, which outlines how Defendant BP will treat different categories of items having varying degrees of evidentiary worth (Rec. Doc. 780).

November 17, 2010

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the November 19, 2010 status conference.

November 16, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 17, which outlines deposition protocol.

November 8, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 16, which outlines discovery procedures and format relating to the production of documents and electronic data.

November 5, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 15, which continues without hearing all pending and future motions. No responses to motions are due until two weeks before the hearing date, which will be set by the Court in due course.

November 3, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order granting relief to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation from the preservation of evidence obligations in Pretrial Order # 1 (Rec. Doc. 650).

Also on this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 14, which governs the treatment of privileged and work product materials.

November 2, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 13, which outlines procedures for protecting confidential material during the discovery process.

Also on this date, the Court issued an Order introducing the Plaintiff Profile Form pursuant to Pretrial Order # 11. The deadline for completion of the form is November 22, 2010 (Rec. Doc. 642).

October 29, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order ordering Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. to provide cementing components to the Joint Investigation Team and ordering that no destructive testing on the cementing components be conducted (Rec. Doc. 617).

October 26, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 12, which outlines the procedure for filing documents in MDL 2179 and the process for registering with LexisNexis File & Serve.

October 25, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order denying Abdon Callais Offshore’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Litigation (Rec. Doc. 114).

October 22, 2010

On this date, the Court received a Letter from Don K. Haycraft regarding BP’s position on presentment of claims to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

October 21, 2010

On this date, the Court received a Letter from Kenneth R. Feinberg regarding the Gulf Coast Claims Facility’s intent to comply with the provisions of Pretrial Order #1.

October 18, 2010

On this date, BP filed a Statement with the Court regarding its position on the applicability of limit of liability under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Also on this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order # 11 (Case Management Order #1), which establishes important dates and deadlines.

Additionally, the Court issued Pretrial Order # 10, which appoints the members of the Defense Steering Committee and the Defense Liaison Counsel.

October 15, 2010

On this date, the Court held a Pretrial Conference in which matters pertaining to proposed Case Management Order #1 were discussed. The Court scheduled the next pretrial conference for Friday, November 19, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

October 14, 2010

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the October 15, 2010 pretrial conference.

October 12, 2010

A teleconference call line has been set up for the October 15, 2010 pretrial conference. Starting at 9:15 a.m. central time on October 15, 2010, parties who wish to attend the conference via telephone shall dial 1-800-230-1096. Participants will not be required to enter an access code.

Please be advised that the teleconference is "listen only." Therefore, teleconference participants will not be able to speak during the conference.

October 8, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #8, which appoints the members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and the Plaintiff Executive Committee, and Pretrial Order #9, which establishes standards and procedures to be utilized by plaintiffs’ counsel seeking fees and/or expense reimbursement.

October 7, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order appointing Francis E. McGovern, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, as special master in this matter.

October 6, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order, which denied the State of Louisiana’s Motion to Remand, 10-1156 (Rec. Doc. 304).

The Court also issued an Order denying the following motions to remand filed by the State of Louisiana: 10-1757 (Rec. Doc. 9); 10-1758 (Rec. Doc. 7); 10-1156 (Rec. Doc. 309); 10-2179 (Rec. Doc. 65).

Lastly, the Court issued an Order continuing the Limitation Trial in this matter from its tentative start date of October/November 2011 to Monday, February 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.

October 1, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order, which extended the deadline for the filing of proposed Case Management Order No. 1 to October, 6, 2010.

The Court also issued an Order setting the hearing date for Defendants’ Motion to Continue Trial for October 5, 2010, without oral argument.

September 29, 2010

On this date, the Court held a Status Conference, in which matters pertaining to proposed Case Management Order No. 1 were discussed.

September 24, 2010

On this date, the Court issued a Notice stating its intent to appoint Francis E. McGovern, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, as special master in this matter. Any objection to this appointment shall be filed by Friday, October 1, 2010.

The Court also issued an Order, which denied Plaintiffs’ Motion to Reconsider (Rec. Doc. 44) and canceled oral argument on other pending motions.

September 16, 2010

On this date, the Court held its Initial Pretrial Conference. At the conference, important dates and deadlines were established. The Court also scheduled the next pretrial conference for October 15, 2010, at 9:30 a.m.

September 15, 2010

On this date, the Court issued a Tentative Agenda for the initial pretrial conference.

A teleconference call line has been set up for the initial pretrial conference. Starting at 2:00 p.m. central time on September 16, 2010, parties who wish to attend the conference via telephone shall dial 1-866-233-3852. Participants will not be required to enter an access code.

Please be advised that the teleconference is "listen only." Therefore, teleconference participants will not be able to speak during the conference.

September 9, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #7, which canceled oral argument on certain pending motions.

August 27, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #6, which appoints James P. Roy & Stephen J. Herman as Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel.

August 26, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Order, which amends Paragraph 14 of Pretrial Order #1, establishing protocol for the removal, transportation, and immediate storage of the Deepwater Horizon’s BOP; the Order further mandates that counsel shall meet and confer regarding longer-term preservation and storage protocol order(s).

August 25, 2010

On this date, the Court issued a Consolidation Order, mandating that the limitation action filed by managing owners and operators of the MODU Deepwater Horizon be consolidated with MDL-2179 and that all answers and claims in the limitation action are to be filed in member case 10-2771.

August 20, 2010

On this date, the Court held a telephone Status Conference, during which liaison counsel discussed the protocol for removal and preservation of the drill string and the blowout preventer.

On this date, the Court also issued a Second Amendment to Pretrial Order #1, which amends Paragraph 14, changing the protocol for recovery and preservation of physical evidence related to the drill pipe that is the subject of a fishing operation.

August 17, 2010

On this date, the Court issued an Amendment to Pretrial Order #3, which changes the date of the motion hearings, with oral argument, from Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. to Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

August 16, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #5, which discusses this Court’s procedure for handling motions filed in cases prior to those cases being transferred to the MDL.

On this date, the Court also issued an Amendment to Pretrial Order #1, which changes the date of the initial pretrial conference from Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. to Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

August 12, 2010

On this date, the Court issued Pretrial Order #4, which designates additional interim liaison counsel for defendants.

August 11, 2010

On this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order #3, which suspended the deadline for requesting class certification. The order also reset the hearing dates for various motions. Those motions will be heard, with oral argument at the initial pretrial conference.

On this date, the Court also issued Pretrial Order #2, which outlines procedures for transferring cases to MDL 2179.

August 10, 2010

Pursuant to Pretrial Order #1, the pretrial conference will be held on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of Judge Carl J. Barbier.

Also on this date, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a Transfer Order, which transferred 77 related cases in the In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, to this Court.