Carl Barbier

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Carl J. Barbier
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Assumed office
October 1, 1998
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Okla Jones
Personal details
Born 1944 (age 70–71)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma mater Southeastern Louisiana University (B.A.)
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (J.D.)

Carl Joseph Barbier (born 1944)[1] is a United States federal judge.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Barbier received a B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1966 and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 1970. He was a law clerk to William Redman, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit from 1969 to 1970, and to Fred Cassibry, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana from 1970 to 1971.


Barbier was in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1971 to 1998.

Judicial service[edit]

On May 19, 1998, Barbier was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Okla Jones. Barbier was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 1998, and received his commission on October 1, 1998.

In August 2010 he was appointed to hear the cases in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It is expected that at least 300 cases will be consolidated in his court.[2]

On November 14, 2011, Barbier ruled that BP, the company that leased the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, must face federal maritime lawsuits by Alabama and Louisiana.[3] On September 4, 2014, he further found BP to be grossly negligent in the spill, attributing 67% of the blame to the company.[4] As a result, the company may be liable for as much as $18 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act.


  1. ^ Editorial, Aspen Publishers (1995-12-31). Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, vols 1 and 2 through 2011-1 Supp. Aspen Publishers. pp. 3–5. ISBN 9780735568891. 
  2. ^ "BP Oil Spill Lawsuits Centralized in New Orleans". 2010-08-07. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  3. ^ Fisk, Margaret Cronin; Johnson, Allen Jr. (November 15, 2011). "BP Must Face Gulf Spill Claims From Alabama and Louisiana". Bloomberg News. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Krauss, Clifford; Campbell Robertson (September 4, 2014). "Judge Finds BP ‘Reckless’ in Oil Spill; May Levy $18 Billion Fine". New York Times. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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