BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reports that sixteen states have joined Louisiana in a request for a Multi District Litigation (MDL) Oil Spill case that’s currently pending in federal court in New Orleans.
Those states joining Louisiana are Arkansas, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
“I am pleased that many other states have recognized the extreme importance that the Court acknowledge the authority of independent sovereign states and allow a separate management structure for their claims,” Caldwell said in a press release issued Monday, Jan. 10. “It is not right that individual plaintiff attorneys, with no approval from the State, be allowed to determine what’s best for the State’s citizens. It is likewise also inappropriate that these same plaintiff lawyers take any portion of the State’s recovery for their attorney fees and costs.”