BW Coverage: Multidistrict Panel Hearing on BP Oil Disaster 

Boise, Idaho was the unlikely scene of a unique legal maneuver. It's called a Multidistrict Panel Litigation, or MDL. A seven member panel of U.S. judges are hand-picked by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. On Thursday, July 29, the panel heard arguments from lawyers on how thousands of BP-related lawsuits should be merged. The suits come in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico more than 100 days ago. At stake is whether civil lawsuits from injured rig workers, fishermen, property owners, investors and others might be combined. Equally important is to decide what city will host the trial. New Orleans, Houston, Mobile, Miami are all in the running. BW News Editor George Prentice reported from the U.S. Courthouse in Boise. Read below for detailed coverage of the proceedings.

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