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La. AG seeks trial for state claims over BP spill

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Posted: Oct 25, 2012 4:02 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 4:02 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, attorney general, trial, loss, claim, gulf, mexico, oil, caldwell, BP

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office is asking a federal judge to set a trial date for some of the state's economic loss claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a court filing Wednesday, Caldwell's office claims the spill cost the state more than $1 billion in lost 2010 revenue, including sales tax, income and franchise taxes.

Caldwell says a trial for the state claims wouldn't interfere with a separate trial set for January that is designed to identify the causes of BP's deadly well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't immediately rule on the request.

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