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, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier said.

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