BP Deserves Lion's Share Of Deepwater Blame, DOJ Argues

Law360, New Orleans (February 25, 2013, 10:44 PM EST) -- As the civil trial over liability in the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill opened Monday, lawyers for the Justice Department, state governments, private plaintiffs and drilling contractors argued most of the blame for the disaster should fall on rig operator and well owner BP PLC.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier presided over more than six hours of opening statements in the New Orleans-based Eastern District of Louisiana federal court, which has housed the massive case since shortly after the April 2010 explosion and blowout in the Gulf...
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