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Plaintiffs Prevail in Challenge to Deepwater Drilling Moratorium
June 22, 2010

Hornbeck Offshore Services, the Chouest Entities, and the Bollinger Entities have prevailed in their challenge to the federal government moratorium on deep water drilling. The plaintiffs brought their challenge based on their belief that the moratorium is not consistent with the law, and they appreciate that Judge Martin Feldman not only gave them an expedited hearing, but also rendered an opinion that reflects careful analysis and full consideration of the law.

The plaintiffs were represented by Carl D. Rosenblum, Alida C. Hainkel, Grady S. Hurley, and Marjorie A. McKeithen, as well as other members of the Jones Walker law firm, and John Cooney of the Venable firm in Washington, D.C. The White House has indicated it plans an immediate appeal to the ruling. Most recently, on June 24, 2010, an order was issued denying the motions to enforce the moratorium.