Oil companies and plaintiffs in lawsuits involving the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are fighting over where trials should be held. Transocean, a rig owner, requested cases to be heard in Houston, dubbed by some as "Oil City USA," while many plaintiffs argued for a venue closer to home, such as New Orleans, which has a tradition of juries sympathetic to plaintiffs. Other locations under consideration include Alabama, Florida, Lafayette, La., and Boise, Idaho.

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