Rhon Jones, who heads the firm’s Environmental Law section, was selected by a Federal Judge from among more than 100 lawyers to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for oil spill legislation
MONTGOMERY, ALA. (October 11, 2010) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. attorney Rhon Jones, who heads the firm’s Environmental Law section, has been chosen to help direct litigation related to the BP oil disaster. Jones is one of 15 lawyers out of more than 100 who applied to oversee the consolidated litigation as part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC). The BP litigation, which involves hundreds of cases against the oil giant and other defendants, was consolidated under U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans in August.
“This is a big honor and responsibility,” said Jones. “It puts our firm in a leadership role with the BP oil litigation.”
Consolidating the cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows the committee overseeing the process to put more pressure and focus on moving the case forward, moving cases more quickly to resolution. Lawyers will coordinate the litigation and work together on issues of discovery. The oil spill litigation is potentially a multi-billion dollar claim.
Beasley Allen has filed a number of lawsuits in District Courts in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana to help protect businesses and individuals harmed by the oil spill. Complaints have been filed on behalf of a broad range of clients including commercial fishing businesses, retail establishments, the restaurant industry, real estate management companies, property owners, persons suffering personal injuries and others.