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Judge eyes June 2011 for first oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS — The first federal trial for damage claims by businesses and individuals complaining of financial losses from the Gulf Coast oil spill could be held next summer, a judge said Friday.

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BP cases will be heard in New Orleans

BOISE — A New Orleans federal judge will manage the 300 lawsuits filed in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal judicial panel has ordered. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which met in Boise ...

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Fitch monitoring spill’s impact

(Dolan Media Newswires) — Fitch Ratings is closely tracking the aftermath of the massive oil spill related to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, although analysts believe speculation on the impact to credit quality for state and local governments in the region would be premature.

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Bill would reverse ‘Exxon’ punitives limit

(Dolan Media Newswires) — As oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would lift the cap on punitive damages that can be assessed against those responsible for such disasters under maritime law.

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Pitfalls abound for oil spill plaintiffs

As coastal businesses and governments brace for the full effects of the massive petroleum spill off the Gulf Coast, the legal landscape for those seeking civil damages from oil company BP may be as slippery as the oil slick itself.

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