Tort Law

It’s Another Sprint to the Courthouse

What do the Toyota recall and the Gulf oil spill have in common? They both resulted in a rush to the courthouse!  In fact, as reported by the National Law Journal on, one of the first lawyers to court on the oil spill case was Daniel Becnel Jr., who is also involved in Toyota’s unintended-acceleration litigation. Just as back in March when the Toyota issues broke, the Associated Press Reports that

Teams of lawyers from around the nation are mobilizing for a gargantuan legal battle over the massive Gulf Coast oil spill.

As reported on, the oil spill suit seeks class action status for shrimpers, fishermen, commercial boaters and anyone whose livelihood is dependent on the coastal waters imperiled by the spill. The defendants include BP, which holds the lease permitting drilling at the site of the accident, Transocean Ltd., which owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Cameron International Corp.

The cases against Toyota have already totalled 327 with more federal multidistrict litigation ahead, yet another thing the two situations are likely to have in common.

For related information, check out our blog post on Toyota’s woes and CEB’s Complex Litigation program, which is available for audio streaming anytime you want!


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