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The Honorable Eldon E. Fallon
500 Poydras Street, Room C-456
New Orleans, LA 70130

Description of Consolidated Case No. 05-4206,

Patrick Joseph Turner, et al. v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

This litigation involves twenty-seven consolidated class action lawsuits filed by residents of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana against Defendant Murphy Oil USA, Inc. The incident at issue in all suits is a discharge of oil that occurred at the Defendant’s Meraux, Louisiana oil refinery sometime in the first week of September 2005. It is alleged that shortly after Hurricane Katrina an oil tank discharged thousands of barrels of oil into the area surrounding the refinery. Plaintiffs are homeowners and residents in the area near the oil refinery, and they allege property damage, personal injuries, and mental anguish resulting from the discharge.

The first of these cases was filed on September 9, 2005. On October 5, 2005, Chief Judge Helen Berrigan ordered that all future cases relating to this incident were to be assigned to Judge Eldon E. Fallon, and would be automatically consolidated under case number 05-4206, Patrick Joseph Turner, et al. v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

On January 30, 2006, after considering evidence presented in a two-day hearing, the Court certified these cases to proceed as a class action. Please see the Court’s Order and Reasons and Class Boundary Map.