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Trial Date Set For BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion Lawsuits

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More than 100,000 oil spill plaintiffs are readying themselves for the BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion trial  set to begin February 27, 2012. The consolidated litigation will be broken into three phases, Courthouse News Service reports.

U.S. Judge Carl J. Barbier will oversee the consolidated litigation, and said they current plan is based on a proposed trial plan submitted by Anadarko. The first phase will be a limitation trial regarding Transocean who wants to limit its liability in the disaster. Transocean made and owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform.

The second phase of the trial, the incident phase, will begin on February 27, and concerns the conduct of the parties involved with the control of the Macondo well, as well as the explosion, and the sinking of the drilling platform.

Phase three of the trial concerns surrounding issues, including skimming, boom, dispersants and containment.

The status of evidence tested was also heard at the hearing on Friday. Cement testing is complete, but cement from the well found in a supply boat is still undergoing tests. Cement pieces were also found on the Damon Bankston that took Deepwater Horizon survivors as they jumped from the exploded rig.

The next status hearing is set for Sept. 16. disclaimer: This article: Trial Date Set For BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion Lawsuits was posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 7:58 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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