Enviros Hit BP, Transocean With $19B CWA Suit

Law360, New York (June 18, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT) -- The Center for Biological Diversity has sued BP PLC and Transocean Ltd. for a potential $19 billion in damages over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a suit billed as the largest-ever citizen enforcement action under the Clean Water Act.

The environmental group filed suit Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, asking that the court punish both with the maximum CWA penalties for the spill. The CBD had vowed to sue BP under the act.

The CWA allows penalties of $1,100 per...
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