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BP, Drilling Partners Sued by U.S. Over Gulf Oil Spill Damage

Units of BP Plc and four other companies were sued by the Obama administration over allegations they violated environmental laws in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal court in New Orleans, is the first brought by the U.S. over the oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April. The Justice Department’s civil investigation is continuing, as is a probe of potential criminal violations.