Appeals panel for Gulf oil spill formed

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Posted: Jun 10, 2011 5:52 AM by Brittany Rivas
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil spill, Gulf of Mexico, BP, appeals

NEW ORLEANS- A panel has been set up to handle appeals on damage claims against BP over its massive oil spill last year.

The 25-person panel was appointed by Jack M. Weiss, the chancellor of the Louisiana State University law center. The panel will look at appeals for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which was set up to handle the billions of dollars in claims against BP and the other companies involved in the April 20, 2010 rig explosion that led to the release of 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Weiss called the appointees "highly competent, respected and experienced men and women from the Gulf states."

The panel includes retired judges, law professors and trial lawyers.

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