Florida's Attorney General filing suit against BP over oil spill

Published On: Apr 20 2013 08:53:24 AM EDT

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2010: After burning for two days following an explosion that killed 11 crewmen, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sinks into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The well continued to gush oil at the seabed, causing the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history before it could be temporarily capped on July 15. Relief wells were used to permanently seal the well by Sept. 19, 2010.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Attorney General Pam Bondi says she will file a lawsuit against oil company BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Bondi said in a news release that she will file the federal suit Saturday in the Panama City division of the Northern District of Florida.

The lawsuit focuses on the economic losses suffered by the State of Florida. Bondi contends that Florida is entitled to revenues it lost due to the spill, including sales taxes, cigarette surcharges, beer taxes, among other things.

Florida is also seeking punitive damages under maritime and state common law.

The lawsuit comes on the three-year anniversary of the tragedy that killed 11 rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico and fouled 1,100 miles of beaches and marsh along the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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