BP Dodges Gulf Spill Oil Claims From Mexican States

Law360, New York (September 13, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge overseeing the Deepwater Horizon multidistrict litigation threw out allegations Thursday from three Mexican states blaming BP PLC for property and economic damages suffered in the wake of the April 2010 oil spill, ruling that only Mexican federal officials have standing to assert the claims.

The governments of Quintana Roo, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, all of which border the Gulf of Mexico, can't pursue damages under general maritime law because they lack proprietary interest in the waters, shores and wildlife damaged by the oil,...
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In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010


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2:10-md-02179

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Louisiana Eastern

Nature of Suit

Environmental Matters

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Carl Barbier

Date Filed

August 10, 2010

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