Gulf Oil Spill Update-Professor McGovern Appointed as Special Master

Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Sep 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

It has been over 5 months since the Deepwater Horizon Exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. A quick update as to what is going on in the Gulf Oil Spill MDL located in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

1. Today Judge Barbier appointed Professor Francis McGovern as a Special Master in the Gulf Oil Spill Litigation. Professor McGovern is a well-regarded professor at Duke University School of Law and he is known as one of the nation's best when it comes to mediating and resolving mass tort cases.

2. Monday is the deadline for Gulf Oil Spill lawyers to file their application to be on the Plaintiff Steering Committee. So far, from what I can tell about 40 people have applied.

3. The GCCF is up and running. Some of our Gulf Oil Spill clients have even received their 6 month emergency payment. From what we can tell though, the pay outs are calculated using the lowest possible numbers and the emergency payments are less than fair. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism in place to appeal the emergency payment.

4. A great way to keep up with current developments in this litigation is to go to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana website.

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