Representing BP in multidistrict and related civil litigation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal investigation, and numerous overlapping state and federal investigations arising out of the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. From the outset, Kirkland has served as BP’s lead outside counsel across multiple fronts, including the DOJ criminal investigation (completed 2013) and other regulatory investigations, the defense of BP in three coordinated civil MDL trials, moratoria claims, and tens of thousands of civil claims in the pending MDL, and litigation communications and dozens of federal appeals.
Represented World Fuel Services Corporation (WFSC) and related entities in connection with the tragic train derailment of a Montreal Maine & Atlantic (MM&A) train in Quebec on July 6, 2013, which killed 47 people. The representation included 20 wrongful-death lawsuits. The case also involved complex international actions, including Canadian personal injury and property damage class actions and government “clean up” operations, as well as large cross-border bankruptcy filings in connection with MM&A and its Canadian affiliates. Ultimately, WFSC was part of a global resolution — approved by both the Canadian and U.S. bankruptcy courts in 2015 — that fully and favorably resolved claims on multiple fronts including releases and injunctions protecting WFSC from any and all derailment-related claims.