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Harron moves to dismiss his claim against CSX

Harron WHEELING, W. Va. - Radiologist Ray Harron of Bridgeport, W. Va., abandoned his plan to prove U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Texas misjudged him when she ruled that he schemed with lawyers to manufacture false X-ray reports of lung disease.

***FOR PRINT*** Harron moves to dismiss his claim against CSX

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DOJ objects to 6% attorney reserve in BP litigation

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � The Department of Justice burst an $840 million bubble for the Plaintiff Steering Committee in Deepwater Horizon litigation, wrecking their plan to reserve 6 percent of settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Appeals court reverses Orange County slip and fall judgment

Horton Appellate judges for the Ninth District Court of Appeals reversed a $312,686 judgment in an Orange County jury verdict for a Dollar General customer who slipped and fell.

Halliburton: Disqualify attorneys as well as BP experts

Godwin NEW ORLEANS � Disqualification of BP's cement experts from Deepwater Horizon litigation should extend to lawyers who gained information from the experts, Halliburton Energy Services pleaded in federal court on Jan. 3.

New Orleans shareholders suing BP fight English jurisdiction

Szak NEW ORLEANS � New Orleans city pension trustees leading shareholder litigation against BP directors over the Deepwater Horizon explosion want to hold their American ground rather than submit to jurisdiction of the English High Court.

Judge grants 6 percent charge to lawyers for oil spill settlements

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier exiled Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell from Deepwater Horizon litigation and granted plaintiff lawyers a 6 percent charge on $14 billion in future settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

**FOR PRINT***Judge grants 6 percent charge to lawyers for oil spill settlements

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier exiled Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell from Deepwater Horizon litigation and granted plaintiff lawyers a 6 percent charge on $14 billion in future settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Judge unseals order disqualifying BP's cement expert

Cap on BP's spewing well NEW ORLEANS � U. S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan blamed Houston engineer Fred Sabins for the disqualification of his firm as BP's cement expert in litigation over the Deepwater Horizon explosion, according to an order she unsealed on Dec. 21.

Order disqualifying BP expert filed under seal

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan apparently kicked out of court an engineer who switched sides from BP to Halliburton in Deepwater Horizon litigation, but her exact action and her reasons remain secret.

Cameron to pay BP $250 million

Beck NEW ORLEANS - Deepwater Horizon blowout prevention contractor Cameron International will pay BP $250 million to settle a dispute over liability for last year's explosion and oil spill.

Barbier rejects state, city government damage claims against BP

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � In a recent ruling, U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected most Deepwater Horizon damage claims of state and local governments and deflected many remaining claims to a BP agency outside his jurisdiction.

BP motion almost entirely redacted

Haycraft NEW ORLEANS � BP claims it has nothing to hide in the case of a former Halliburton engineer who switched sides in Deepwater Horizon litigation, but BP's proclamation of innocence hides almost everything.

Barbier to allow evidence of government liability at upcoming BP trial

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier will allow evidence of possible government liability for the Deepwater Horizon explosion at a fault allocation trial he plans to start in February.

Ellison rejects plea to impose American discovery and procedure rules in BP shareholder suit

Ellison HOUSTON - U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison rejected a plea to impose American rules on discovery and procedure before he sends a shareholder suit against BP directors to the English High Court.

Hartford Insurance case over kickbacks concludes with release of final defendants

Hoeffner HOUSTON � Former Hartford Insurance claims supervisor Rachel Rossow, who received $2.7 million and a BMW 530ia from proceeds of settlements between Hartford and Houston lawyer Todd Hoeffner, gave up the cash and car rather than go to prison.

Pension funds and Fannie Mae battling to recoup meltdown losses

DeWine WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Federal National Mortgage Association shareholders whose fraud suit anticipated the national financial collapse by four years don't buy the government's claim that "Fannie Mae" can never pay them back.

Patch of wildflowers blossoms into legal dispute

Cultivating flowers along a road might count as free speech, but a road crew can cut them down anyway, Ninth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 17.

Plaintiff steering committee seeks 6% now to fund ongoing BP spill litigation

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � Lawyers anticipating hundreds of millions in fees from litigation over the Deepwater Horizon explosion propose to start raising it right away with a 6 percent assessment on settlements.

Maker of blow-out preventer wants Hayward's congressional testimony excluded

Hayward NEW ORLEANS � Testimony of former BP chief Tony Hayward before Congress shouldn't count as evidence in a trial allocating fault for the Deepwater Horizon explosion, according to blowout prevention contractor Cameron International.