From the AP and from attorneys with whom I have spoken:
Ffederal lawsuits over Merck & Co.'s withdrawn painkiller Vioxx are being moved to Houston from New Orleans, at least temporarily, because of Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon several of his clerks and staffer have already moved into temporary quarters in the federal courthouse in Houston.
Can the judge legally cannot hold trials there? My conclusion is no.