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Gabarick Mississippi River Oil Spill Case, C.A. 08-4007, U.S.D.C., E.D. La., appointed by U.S. District Judge LAnce Africk to Claimants' Steering COmmittee

The State of Louisiana, ex rel. v. M/V TESTBANK, et al, C.A. No. 80-2738, U.S.D.C., E.D.La., appointed by U.S. District Judge Peter Beer as Chairman of the Plaintiff's Committee and served as Lead Appellate Counsel in the case of , involving the claims of over 2,000 fishermen and businesses damaged as a result of a ship collision causing the spill of PCP into the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. The Fifth Circuit's en banc decision and its progeny continue to guide the determination of economic loss damages in maritime collision cases to this day.

M/V BRIGHTFIELD/Riverwalk Disaster, appointed by U.S. District Judge Morey Sear as Co-Lead Counsel  for all claimants

M/V INCA TUPAC collision, (U.S.D.C., E.D. La.)(Lead Counsel, collision and explosion involving numerous deaths and burns);

M/V POET,(U.S.D.C., E.D.Pa.)(mysterious ship disappearance in Atlantic Ocean with 25 crew lost);

M/V TEXACO NORTH DAKOTA, (U.S.D.C., E.D.La..)(fiery ship collision with post hurricane damaged oil platform);

M/V MISS CHRIS/Claiborne Ave. Bridge allision and collapse;

M/V LEE III/M/V ZIM MEXICO III (Collision in Southwest Pass causing deaths of entire crew and closure of river and port).

  • Castano Nationwide Tobacco Litigation
  • Louisiana Attorney General Tobacco Litigation
  • Davis/Ellis (State of California Tobacco Litigation
  • MDL-1657 Vioxx litigation
  • Murphy Oil Class Action Litigation (Committee members)
  • MDL-1699 Bextra/Celebrex Litigation
  • Scott, et al v. The American Tobacco Company, et al
  • Brown v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et, als
  • St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District v. Westport Insurance Corporation, et al
  • Union Carbide/Bhopal, India Disaster Litigation
  • Billeson Lead Paint Class Action
  • Educational testing Service Class Action

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