01 May 2013 at 11:40 BST

BP faces lawsuit bonanza

BP is facing around 2200 lawsuits as companies and government bodies move to meet a three year deadline for claims connected with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

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As it announced better than expected first quarter results yesterday, the company said that the additional claims had been brought by a range of individuals,companies, states, local government entities and Mexico with more expected.
Most of the lawsuits have been registered under  the United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990 which has a three year statute of limitations.

Ongoing litigation

The first  trial of BP with its partners Transocean and Halliburton ended in April and  judgement  is expected in the summer  allocating the degree of blame for each company. The company is attempting to include the new claims within the civil trial which is being held in New Orleans.


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