New court papers filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charge British Petroleum (BP) with 'gross negligence and willful misconduct ' in their handling of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The new court filing demonstrates the US Department of Justice is ready to take a hard line in a new case against BP slated to begin February 2013 in New Orleans.
BP reached a damage settlement with plaintiffs of the Deepwater Horizons disaster back in March 2012. The new Department of Justice filing would quadruple the civil damages BP must pay to $21 billion.
"The behavior, words, and actions of these BP executives would not be tolerated in a middling size company manufacturing dry goods for sale in a suburban mall," government lawyers wrote in the filing on August 31 in federal court in New Orleans.
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