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Eye On Boise

‘Everyone who’s anyone’ headed to Boise?

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog reports that "everyone who’s anyone in the world of personal injury and product liability lawyering is making their way to Boise," for this Thursday's Multidistrict Litigation Panel hearing on litigation over the BP oil spill. "Why Boise, you may be asking?" the WSJ asks. "The mountain town more than 2,000 miles away from the oily Gulf shores just happened to be next up on the roving panel’s calendar of randomly selected venues for its regular hearings. What the town lacks in accommodations ('It doesn’t even have a five-star hotel,' one Gulf attorney complained) it makes up for in seafood; its oysters come from oil-free Washington State."

Click here to read the post, and here for the WSJ's story about the big questions to be decided at the Boise hearing: Where the litigation over the catastrophic spill should take place, and what judge should preside. The hearing is this Thursday in federal district court in Boise; at issue is the consolidation of more than 200 federal civil lawsuits over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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