La. AG slams judge's appointment of Ala. AG
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell says his office plans to challenge a federal judge's decision to appoint Alabama's newly elected attorney general to
coordinate all states' interests in the litigation spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to serve as the states' "coordinating counsel" for the cases consolidated in New Orleans' federal court.
Caldwell said in a statement that Barbier's order is a "discriminatory action" that deprives Louisiana and other states of their "sovereignty rights." He argued that each state should be represented by their own attorney general.
In his order, Barbier said Strange's duties will include scheduling meetings and coordinating pre-trial discovery with other attorneys.