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Florida Attorney General Files Suit Against BP

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Attorney General Pam Bondi is filing a lawsuit against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill tomorrow, April 20, on the three-year anniversary of the spill. The suit will be filed in the Panama City division of the Northern District of Florida. The State of Florida's lawsuit comes ahead of the three-year statute of limitations under the Oil Pollution Act in order to ensure that the state may recover its economic losses resulting from the oil spill. The named defendants will be BP and Halliburton.

"The State of Florida suffered considerable economic losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and BP and Halliburton must be held accountable," stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The lawsuit includes numerous federal, state and maritime counts. Under the Oil Pollution Act, the State of Florida is entitled to the revenues it lost due to the oil spill, including sales and use taxes; corporate taxes; documentary stamp taxes; cigarette surcharges; cigarette excise taxes; beer, wine, and liquor taxes; fuel taxes; rental car surcharges; and utility taxes and receipts. The State is also seeking punitive damages under maritime and Florida common law due to the egregious nature of the misconduct that led to this environmental and economic disaster.

This lawsuit involves only the economic losses suffered by the State of Florida. As the impact of the oil spill on Florida's natural resources and the environment continue to be assessed, the lawsuit does not include those claims. Likewise, the State's lawsuit does not include any economic loss claims on behalf of individuals, businesses or local governmental entities.

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Information provided by the Attorney General's Office