Follow up to postings on the Gulf Coast oil spill - United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana: "Over 30 cases relating to the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill have been assigned to Judge Carl Barbier, Section J. The Deepwater Horizon incident has led to claims for the death of 11 individuals, numerous claims for personal injury, and the release of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, with resulting claims for environmental and economic damages. Currently, there are motions pending before the Multidistrict Litigation Panel to consolidate all cases related to the Deepwater Horizon incident into a single MDL case. There are also requests pending before the panel to have the litigation assigned to various districts across the country. Until the MDL Panel decides these motions, Judge Barbier will use this website as an interim measure to coordinate oil spill related cases pending in Section J. This website will also be used to post information that will answer many of the questions that have been frequently asked by counsel in these cases."