I thought from the beginning that the corporations that caused the Gulf disaster would eventually turn on each other and it appears that has now happened. BP filed a $40 billion lawsuit last month blaming the Gulf disaster on its partners. In this lawsuit, BP said both Transocean (the rig owner) and Cameron International (the maker of the device that failed to stop the spill) were at fault. In its lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Orleans, BP said that Cameron International provided a blowout preventer with a faulty design, alleging that negligence by the manufacturer helped cause the disaster.
The suit seeks damages to help BP pay for the tens of billions of dollars in liabilities it has incurred from the disaster. Interestingly, BP said Transocean actually caused last year’s deadly blowout and alleged in the Complaint that every single safety system and device and well control procedure on the Deepwater Horizon rig failed.
Not wanting to miss anybody, BP then filed suit against Halliburton (the cement contractor) alleging fraud, negligence and concealing material facts in connection with its work on the rig. That suit also claims damages. BP has estimated its total liability at $40.9 billion, but it will have to pay many billions more because of the long-range effects of its wrongdoing. While BP is attempting to shift the blame to its partners, it won’t get off the hook because its conduct was very bad and definitely contributed to cause the disaster.
Source: Associated Press
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