Bondi, Scott mulling oil rig lawsuit as deadline nearsby Dara Kam | April 13th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are still undecided about whether to join a federal lawsuit against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig as next week’s April 20 deadline to file approaches.
“What we’re doing is we’re looking at our options. We’ll make the right decision. We’re exploring our options. We’re looking at it,” Scott said this morning.
“Right now we’re reviewing all of our options,” Bondi echoed.
Alabama has already joined the lawsuit, as have some Florida school districts and other local governments, along with businesses and individuals impacted by last year’s massive oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lawyers involved in the case say the state has nothing to lose by joining in except the possibility of big bucks from Transocean, the rig owner, and other companies involved in the disaster, including BP.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in Louisiana is overseeing the case to determine how much fault BP, Halliburton and the other companies involved in the oil disaster are liable for. A trial is set for late February.