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AG Hood Sues BP Over 2010 Oil Spill

By Daniel Cherry | Published 23 Apr 2013 06:00pm | comments
Mississippi is pursuing millions of dollars in damages from BP after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill 3 years ago devastated the coast. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is taking the case to the courts.
 
Attorney General Jim Hood says he filed lawsuits in federal and state courts because BP wouldn't negotiate and the deadline to seek damages was fast approaching.
 
"BP caused this action, and they're going to have to pay for it. We have an expert that we've hired and we know what our damages are, and if they're not going to agree to settle it then we have to file a lawsuit and take it to court."
 
Louisiana and Alabama also sued BP, but Hood says their cases have been held up. Hood hopes state courts will rule in Mississippi's favor granting millions of dollars in penalties to help rebuild the Gulf Coast.
 
"We're in two courts, but we hope that we are able to stay in state court because what BP has done is try to drag everyone into the federal court down in New Orleans and the states that are already in it have just sat there and languished, their cases have."
 
It's been 3 years since the oil spill, killing 11 workers and dumping 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf.

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