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Ohio Sues BP for Losses after Oil Spill

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued BP on Thursday on behalf of four state pension funds that lost nearly $100 million due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

A.G. DeWine filed a similar suit in federal court on February 13, but U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison threw out certain claims because federal court was the wrong venue.

The lawsuit claims that BP misrepresented information about its safety practices before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed eleven workers and injured seventeen.

BP also made false statements about the size of the oil spill, according to the lawsuit. Former BP CEO Tony Hayward admitted BP’s safety rules were never put in place.

The gushing wellhead was finally capped three months later on July 15, 2010. It was the largest accidental oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

Via Cleveland.com.

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