Oil Spill Lawsuits: BP Wants Houston Judge With Ties To Oil

07/27/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Scott Hiaasen and Curtis Morgan McClatchy

MIAMI -- Facing more than 100 lawsuits after its Gulf of Mexico oil spill killed 11 workers and threatened four coastal states, oil giant BP is asking the courts to place every pre-trial issue in the hands of a single federal judge in Houston.

That judge, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, has traveled the world giving lectures on ethics for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a professional association and research group that works with BP and other oil companies.

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