BP Can't Shake Threat Of $17B Deepwater Fines

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Monday reportedly refused to toss gross negligence claims from the multidistrict litigation against BP PLC over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout, leaving the oil giant fighting a potential $17 billion in government fines.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier declined to grant BP’s motion for partial judgment, rejecting an argument by BP attorney Andy Langan of Kirkland & Ellis LLP that there wasn't enough proof to support the plaintiffs’ gross negligence claims, the Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Department of...
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