Key Pleadings and Court Orders

Orders and Notices from the Court will be posted from time to time.  Click on the pleading or order below to access it.

NOTE: this is not the official court’s website.  For access to all pleadings and orders in this MDL proceeding, you may go to the Galveston County District Clerk’s website.

On May 3 and 6, 2013, the Court heard BP’s motion to exclude certain of Plaintiff’s experts and the Plaintiff Steering Committee’s motion to exclude certain of BP’s experts.   The Court denied the motions with the exception of one of BP’s experts.

On March 21, 2013, the Court heard BP’s motion to extend certain expert deadlines relating to the First Test Trial Docket Control Order.  The Court denied BP’s motion.

Also, on March 21, 2013, the Court heard BP’s motion to compel answers to certain Interrogatories that BP had sent to 1,000 “non-Trial Pool” plaintiffs in this MDL.  The Court denied BP’s motion.

On March 7, 2013, BP filed its designation of expert witnesses for the September 2013 test trial.

On February 7, 2013, Plaintiffs filed their designation of expert for the September 2013 test trial.

On December 31, 2012, Plaintiffs submitted medical affidavits for the trial pool plaintiffs, for the September 2013 test trial.

On October 19, 2012, the Court entered a Docket Control Order for an initial test trial, to take place in September 2013.  The Docket Control Order is here: DCO

On October 15, 2012, the Court heard motions to enter a Docket Control Order for the first test trial.

The Court held a status conference on September 6, 2012.  At the conference, the Court indicated that it would set an initial test trial to begin on September 9, 2013.

PSC Motion for Entry of Test Trial DCO, 9.4.12

PSC Response to BP Motion for Remand Order, 9.4.12

BP Motion to Enter Order on Remand Procedures, 8.22.12

The Court held a status conference in open court on July 16, 2012.  Test trials were discussed.  The next status conference was set for September 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

PSC Motion to Compel, Supp, re Sale Info, 7.11.12

PSC Motion for Protection re URS Discovery, 7.10.12

The Court held a status meeting with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and BP’s counsel on April 16, 2012.  Discussion focused on the census of filed cases and noted that many new cases were being filed daily. The Court set the next status meeting for July 16, 2012, at which time it is anticipated that a scheduling order for test trials will be discussed.

The Court held a hearing on various motions, and a steering committee conference with counsel on February 8, 2012.  The Court and counsel discussed plaintiff fact sheets, requirements on the filing of petitions, and possible test trial scheduling.  The next status conference will be scheduled in the near future.

6 8 12 – Amended Notice of Hearing on PSC Motion to Compel  NOTE: This has been continued.

5.31.12 PSC Motion to Compel

4.11.2012, Order re Electronic Filing

3.28.2012 Order Regarding Status Conferences

3.16.2012 Order re Fact Sheets

BP Response to Mtn to Compel 2nd RFP Responses, 3.15.2012

3-12-12 Order Denying Motion to Amend Case Management Order

Order, on URS document production, 2.28.2012

PSC, Motion to Amend DCO, 2.29.12

Notice of Hearing, PSC Motion to Amend DCO, 2.29.12

PSC Motion to Compel Responses to 2nd RFP, 2.29.12

BP’s Response to Second RFP, 2.9.12

Order Declaring Authorization Valid signed 2-8-2012

PSC Resp to BP’s Motions re PFS’s

BP Motion to Deem Authorizations Undated

BP Motion to Require PFS in Electronic Format

PSC Motion to Enforce URS Subpoena

October 7, 2011  BP Response to RFD

The Court held a status meeting with Plaintiff and Defense Liason Counsel and Steering Committee members on  July 26, 2011.  The Court and counsel discussed document production, plaintiff fact sheets and deposition scheduling.

6-1-2011 UC MDL Case List  Court’s Report on Cases Transferred into the MDL

5-13-11 Agreed Protective Order

BP’s Answer to PSC Master Petition, 4.21.11

PSC Master Petition, April 1, 2011

Case Management Order 3.1.11

March 2, 2011–The Court has canceled the March 17, 2011 status hearing.   The Court will still hold the April 28, 2011 status conference.


2-10-2011 Hearing Notice, Agreed Motion to Enter CMO

2.8.11 Agreed Motion to Enter CMO and proposed CMO

1-25-2011 MDL Order re Upcoming Status Conferences

1-13-2011 MDL Order Appointing Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel and Steering Committe Members

1-3-2011 MDL Order re filing electronically

12-16-10 MDL Order 10UC0001