U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier today gave an idea of the structure for the first liability trial in the BP oil spill multidistrict litigation (MDL) set to take place in February 2012.

Speaking at a regularly scheduled status conference at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Barbier stated that the trial will take place in three phases.

The first phase of the trial, dubbed the "incident phase," will "address the conduct of various parties relative to the loss of control of the Macondo well and the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon," Barbier said.

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