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In re Deepwater Horizon

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

May 8, 2015

IN RE: DEEPWATER HORIZON; LAKE EUGENIE LAND & DEVELOPMENT, INCORPORATED; ET AL, Plaintiffs PLAINTIFFS' STEERING COMMITTEE, Appellee
v.
BP EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION, INCORPORATED; BP AMERICA PRODUCTION COMPANY; BP, P.L.C., Defendants--Appellants
v.
SEALED APPELLEES, Claimants--Appellees

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Appeals from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

For Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Appellee (13-31296): Stephen Jay Herman, Esq., Soren E. Gisleson, Esq., Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA; James Parkerson Roy, Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, LA; Elizabeth Joan Cabraser, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, L.L.P., San Francisco, CA; Samuel Issacharoff, New York University, School of Law, New York, NY.

For Bp Exploration & Production, Incorporated, Bp America Production Company, Bp, P.L.C., Defendants - Appellants (13-31296): Theodore B. Olson, Miguel Angel Estrada, Thomas George Hungar, Scott Payne Martin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC; George Howard Brown, Esq., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Palo Alto, CA; Jeffrey Bossert Clark Sr., Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Washington, DC; Kevin Michael Downey, Williams & Connolly, L.L.P., Washington, DC; Richard Cartier Godfrey, Esq., James Andrew Langan, Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Chicago, IL; Don Keller Haycraft, Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New Orleans, LA.

For Sealed Appellee, Claimant - Appellee (13-31296): Laura S. Gibson, White Arnold & Dowd, P.C., Birmingham, AL; Samuel Issacharoff, New York University, School of Law, New York, NY.

For Nonprofit Finance Fund, Americans For The Arts, Grantmakers in The Arts, Alliance of Artists Communities, Amicus Curiae (13-31296): Zachary Logan Wool, Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA.

For Sealed Appellee, Claimant - Appellee (13-31299): Edwin Armistead Easterby, Esq., Sean H. McCarthy, Williams Kherkher Hart & Boundas, L.L.P., Houston, TX; Samuel Issacharoff, New York University, School of Law, New York, NY.

For Bp Exploration & Production, Incorporated, Defendant - Appellant (13-31299): Theodore B. Olson, Miguel Angel Estrada, Thomas George Hungar, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC; George Howard Brown, Esq., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Palo Alto, CA; Jeffrey Bossert Clark Sr., Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Washington, DC; Kevin Michael Downey, Williams & Connolly, L.L.P., Washington, DC; S. Gene Fendler, Esq., Don Keller Haycraft, Russell Keith Jarrett, Esq., Attorney, Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New Orleans, LA; Richard Cartier Godfrey, Esq., James Andrew Langan, Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Chicago, IL; Scott Payne Martin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC.

For Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Appellee (13-31299): Stephen Jay Herman, Esq., Soren E. Gisleson, Esq., Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA; James Parkerson Roy, Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, LA; Elizabeth Joan Cabraser, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, L.L.P., San Francisco, CA; Samuel Issacharoff, New York University, School of Law, New York, NY.

For Bp America Production Company, Defendant - Appellant (13-31299): Theodore B. Olson, Miguel Angel Estrada, Scott Payne Martin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC; George Howard Brown, Esq., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Palo Alto, CA; Jeffrey Bossert Clark Sr., Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Washington, DC; Kevin Michael Downey, Williams & Connolly, L.L.P., Washington, DC; S. Gene Fendler, Esq., Don Keller Haycraft, Russell Keith Jarrett, Esq., Attorney, Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New Orleans, LA; Richard Cartier Godfrey, Esq., James Andrew Langan, Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Chicago, IL; Thomas George Hungar, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC.

For Bp, P.L.C., Defendant - Appellant (13-31299): Theodore B. Olson, Miguel Angel Estrada, Thomas George Hungar, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC; George Howard Brown, Esq., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Palo Alto, CA; Jeffrey Bossert Clark Sr., Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Washington, DC; S. Gene Fendler, Esq., Don Keller Haycraft, Russell Keith Jarrett, Esq., Attorney, Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New Orleans, LA; Richard Cartier Godfrey, Esq., James Andrew Langan, Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Chicago, IL; Scott Payne Martin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC.

For Nonprofit Finance Fund, Americans For The Arts, Grantmakers in The Arts, Alliance of Artists Communities, Amicus Curiaes (13-31299): Zachary Logan Wool, Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA.

For Surfrider Foundation, Amicus Curiae (13-31299): James M. Garner, Esq., Martha Y. Curtis, Esq., Kevin Michael McGlone, Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA; Ronnie G. Penton, Esq., Penton Law Firm, Bogalusa, LA; John Oliver Pieksen Jr., Esq., Trial Attorney, John Pieksen & Associates, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA.

For Sealed Appellee, Claimant - Appellee (13-31302): Michael Joseph Ecuyer, Esq., Matthew Palmer Lambert, Esq., Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C., New Orleans, L; Samuel Issacharoff, New York University, New York, NY.

For Bp Exploration & Production, Incorporated, Bp America Production Company, Bp, P.L.C., Defendants - Appellants (13-31302): Theodore B. Olson, Miguel Angel Estrada, Thomas George Hungar, Scott Payne Martin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Washington, DC; George Howard Brown, Esq., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, L.L.P., Palo Alto, CA; Jeffrey Bossert Clark Sr., Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Washington, DC; Kevin Michael Downey, Williams & Connolly, L.L.P., Washington, DC; Richard Cartier Godfrey, Esq., James Andrew Langan, Esq., Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., Chicago, IL; Don Keller Haycraft, Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., New Orleans, LA.

For Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Appellee (13-31302): Stephen Jay Herman, Esq., Soren E. Gisleson, Esq., Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA; James Parkerson Roy, Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, LA; Elizabeth Joan Cabraser, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, L.L.P., San Francisco, CA; Samuel Issacharoff, New York University, School of Law, New York, NY.

For Nonprofit Finance Fund, Americans For The Arts, Grantmakers in The Arts, Alliance of Artists Communities, Amicus Curiaes (13-31302): Zachary Logan Wool, Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA.

Before BENAVIDES, PRADO, and GRAVES, Circuit ...


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