Court deadline prompts flurry of Macondo claims, counterclaims

05/02/2011
Paula DittrickSenior Staff WriterA court-imposed Apr. 20 deadline in a New Orleans federal court prompted a flurry of claims and counterclaims as BP PLC filed litigation against Transocean Ltd., Halliburton Co., and Cameron International Corp. regarding the Apr. 20, 2010, blowout of the deepwater Macondo well.The litigation was filed with the Eastern District of Louisiana US District Court on the first anniversary of the blowout, which resulted in a fire and explosion on Transocean's Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible. Macondo, operated by BP, was on Mississippi Canyon Block 252 in 5,000 ft of water.Eleven crew members were killed, and a massive oil spill resulted in the Gulf of Mexico. Th...
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