Settlement, Deepwater Horizon Lawsuit (2016)
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Multi-state consent degree settling civil claims between gulf states and BP for civil penalties and damages to natural resources.
Citation: Consent Decree, In re. Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La. 2016)
Topic: Water Pollution, Natural Resources
Type of action: Lawsuit v. Private Actor
States involved: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
Summary: States filed federal- and state-law claims in a variety of venues that were transferred to multi-district litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The litigation resulted in a $20 billion settlement, allocated among the states.