Florida attorney general files suit over Deepwater Horizon oil spill

April 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

PANAMA CITY, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a lawsuit against BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and economic losses caused by the spill.

The suit was filed in the Panama City division of the Northern District of Florida on Saturday -- the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bondi's office said in a release.

"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," Bondi said.

The lawsuit alleges that defendants BP and Halliburton should compensate the state of Florida for 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 nature of the misconduct that led to the spill.

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