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Judge dismisses claims against two BP contractors

NEW ORLEANS — A judge holding a trial to assign fault for the nation's worst offshore oil spill dismissed claims Wednesday against a BP contractor and a company that made a key safety device on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, triggering the disaster.

After plaintiffs' attorneys rested their case Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled there is no evidence BP's drilling fluids contractor M-I LLC made any decision that led to the blowout of BP's Macondo well. He also ruled out punitive damages against Cameron International, maker of the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was hit by an explosion and fire that killed 11 workers.

The trial centers on actions of BP, rig owner Transocean and cement contractor Halliburton.

Judge dismisses claims against two BP contractors 03/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8:03pm]
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