In 2010, several lawsuits were filed in Galveston County state courts regarding a release of chemicals at the BP Texas City refinery which occurred in April and May 2010.
On September 3, 2010, the defendant in those lawsuits, BP Products North America, the owner and operator of the refinery, filed a motion with the Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, asking that all of the lawsuits be consolidated before a single judge in “Multidistrict Litigation”, also referred to as an “MDL proceeding”. A copy of BP’s motion can be found by clicking here.
On October 28, 2010, the Panel agreed to consolidate all of the lawsuits before the 56th District Court, Hon. Lonnie Cox, in Galveston County District Court. A copy of the opinion can be found by clicking here. A copy of the order consolidating the cases before Judge Cox can be found by clicking here.
On December 15, 2010, Judge Cox held an initial status conference to discuss how to handle the cases.
On January 21, 2011, Judge Cox held a second status conference to discuss the entry of an initial Case Management Order, which would govern to conduct of the cases.
Judge Cox has indicated that he will schedule periodic status conferences throughout the course of the lawsuit. Please check back at this site for notices from the Judge on when the conferences will be held.