BP Wins Dismissal Of RICO Claims In Spill Suit

Law360, New York (July 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Friday threw out racketeering claims from multidistrict litigation in Louisiana over BP PLC's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, ruling that the plaintiffs couldn’t show that BP’s alleged defrauding of safety regulators directly caused them economic harm.

Property owners and businesses in the Gulf of Mexico alleged that BP violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by lying to government officials about the safety of the Macondo well, its oil spill response capabilities and its response to last year’s disaster. Were it not...
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