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Court rules judge can hear Deepwater Horizon cases

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has refused to order a judge to recuse himself from dozens of lawsuits over the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion even though he owned corporate bonds issued by two of the companies sued in the cases. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans refused to disqualify himself from presiding over more than ...

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Attorneys using 'Mafia' law to go after BP

MIAMI — Using a law originally enacted to combat the Mafia, attorneys are filing lawsuits accusing BP PLC and Transocean, Ltd. of committing a long-term series of crimes by concealing flaws in deepwater drilling plans and lacking safeguards to contain a catastrophic Gulf of Mexico spill. BP has been named in at least three lawsuits brought under the federal law ...

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Lawyer petitions for combining BP lawsuits

MIAMI — An attorney wants more than 100 lawsuits filed against BP and other companies involved in the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill combined quickly in a single federal court to avoid what he called legal chaos that could delay potential payments of billions of dollars in damages. Louisiana lawyer Daniel Becnel yesterday asked a federal judicial panel in ...

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Attorneys preparing for Toyota lawsuits

SAN DIEGO — More than 150 attorneys are meeting in San Diego to sharpen their legal tools on the eve of a major federal court hearing on whether dozens of Toyota acceleration cases will be consolidated before a single judge. The main topic at Wednesday’s conference was a hearing scheduled before a panel of federal judges on Thursday. The judges ...

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Toyota lawsuits filed in California

LOS ANGELES — Two lawsuits complaining of sudden, uncontrollable acceleration in Toyotas that resulted in deaths in Nebraska and Mississippi were filed against the automaker in Los Angeles federal court Friday. Jacquelyn Donoghue of Holder, Neb., said in the lawsuit that her 2006 Toyota Prius suddenly sped up and went out of control in December, slamming into another vehicle, killing ...

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