Deepwater Victims Make Final Push On BP Spill Response

By Andrew Scurria (January 24, 2014, 6:12 PM EST) -- The states of Louisiana and Alabama as well as private plaintiffs allegedly harmed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster pushed a federal court Friday for maximum penalties against BP PLC, saying the oil giant turned a blind eye to the risks of its drilling operations and lacked prudent contingency plans.

In post-trial briefing following the conclusion of the Deepwater Horizon trial's second phase, the plaintiffs and claimants-in-limitation urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to enter a finding of willful, wanton or reckless conduct, which would allow for Clean Water Act fines as high as $4,300 per barrel. A simple negligence finding in...

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