La., Ala. can seek punitive oil spill damages

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 11:16 AM
Updated: Nov 15, 2011 11:16 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, federal, judge, lawsuit, ruling, bp, oil, spill, wbrz, louisiana, defending our coast

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says Alabama and Louisiana can pursue punitive damages against BP and other companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR' bee aye) denied efforts by BP and several co-defendants in the case to dismiss the two states' federal complaints, upholding their right to pursue punishment damages and other compensation under general maritime law and the federal Oil Pollution Act.

Barbier's ruling, dated Monday, was not a total victory for Alabama and Louisiana: He dismissed some claims in the lawsuits that were based on state laws.

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