BP faces new suit from feds

Legal wrangling has officially begun in the civil lawsuit against BP and eight other companies over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - the fines and penalties could reach into the tens of billions of dollars.


Now all the legal wrangling has officially begun with the Department of Justice filing a civil lawsuit in New Orleans against BP and eight other companies over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Although the complaint does not specify the damages that the administration is seeking, the fines and penalties under the laws cited in the complaint could reach into the tens of billions of dollars.

“We will not hesitate to take whatever steps are necessary to hold accountable those who are responsible for this spill,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.


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