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Bondi, Scott mulling oil rig lawsuit as deadline nears

by 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.

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One Response to “Bondi, Scott mulling oil rig lawsuit as deadline nears”

  1. Unreal Says:

    I like how the lawyers say the state has nothing to lose by filing except for the big money.
    The only people getting rich out of all of this are the lawyers and certain municipalities.
    Some counties in Mississippi used the tourism money from BP to buy things like cars, tazer guns, a vacuum that never sucked up any oil and a brand new Tahoe for the mayor.
    Wonder what kind if things Florida counties are buying with their tourism bucks.
    The corruption never ends.

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