Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Overview and Update

November 13, 2013 11:27 am — 11:27 am

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, leading to the death of eleven oil rig workers and harming habitats and ecosystems across the Gulf. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed as a result of the disaster. Together, these lawsuits raise a wide variety of legal claims that involve different parties, different damages, and different timelines.

Coming on the heels of Phase II of the BP civil trial, this webinar provided an overview of the litigation landscape related to the disaster, and then delved into the status and implications of the BP civil trial that is ongoing in New Orleans. Expert panelists reviewed what occurred during the first two phases of the civil trial, its potential effects over both the short and long term, and what remains.


  • Blaine LeCesne, Donna and John Fraiche Distinguished Professor of Law, College of Law, Loyola University
  • Mark Schleifstein, Environment Reporter, The Times-Picayune
  • Joel Waltzer, Partner, Waltzer Wiygul & Garside Law Firm


  • John Cruden, President, Environmental Law Institute