State of Louisiana (Gulf Oil Spill)
The firm is Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of Louisiana in the Gulf Oil spill litigation. Marten Law is the only out-of-state firm selected to assist the Attorney General. Louisiana is a principal complainant (along with the United States and four other Gulf states) in the largest environmental lawsuit ever brought in the United States. The case arises from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in April, 2010, spilling an estimated 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico — the largest environmental disaster in US history. The State seeks to recover its response costs, damages for injury to its natural resources, loss of tax, fee and royalty income from the massive disruption caused to Louisiana's economy and the cost of providing increased public services. The case is in the discovery phase in Multi District Litigation pending in New Orleans, with the first phase scheduled to go to trial in February, 2012.