(The following press release from the Florida Attorney General's Office
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April 19, 2013
Attorney General Pam Bondi Sues BP on Three-Year Anniversary of Deepwater
Horizon Oil Spill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi is filing a lawsuit against BP
over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill tomorrow, April 20, on the three-year
anniversary of the spill. The suit will be filed in the Panama City
division of the Northern District of Florida. The State of Florida’s
lawsuit comes ahead of the three-year statute of limitations under the Oil
Pollution Act in order to ensure that the state may recover its economic
losses resulting from the oil spill. The named defendants will be BP and
“The State of Florida suffered considerable economic losses as a result of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and BP and Halliburton must be held
accountable,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The lawsuit includes numerous federal, state and maritime counts. Under
the Oil Pollution Act, the State of Florida is entitled to the revenues it
lost due to the oil spill, including sales and use taxes; corporate taxes;
documentary stamp taxes; cigarette surcharges; cigarette excise taxes;
beer, wine, and liquor taxes; fuel taxes; rental car surcharges; and
utility taxes and receipts. The State is also seeking punitive damages
under maritime and Florida common law due to the egregious nature of the
misconduct that led to this environmental and economic disaster.
This lawsuit involves only the economic losses suffered by the State of
Florida. As the impact of the oil spill on Florida's natural resources and
the environment continue to be assessed, the lawsuit does not include those
claims. Likewise, the State's lawsuit does not include any economic loss
claims on behalf of individuals, businesses or local governmental entities.
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