NY City sues BP over Deepwater Horizon spill: Comptroller

NEW YORK Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:16pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City said on Friday it sued BP Plc for more than $39 million of losses it claims beneficiaries of the city's pension funds sustained due to BP's "misconduct and fraudulent behavior" linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

"BP failed to disclose to shareowners the serious risks involved in its offshore drilling operation," Comptroller John Liu said. "After the spill began, it misleadingly attempted to minimize the extent of the damage and the cost to shareowners."

The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges BP failed to disclose facts about the dangers involved in offshore drilling operations, the extent of the leak and the estimated cost of the cleanup costs.

BP declined to comment on New York's lawsuit.

"The estimated transactional investment losses to City pension beneficiaries caused by BP's misconduct and fraudulent behavior exceed $39 million," the Comptroller's office said in the news release.

BP's New York-traded stock was down 0.1 percent at $42.2 after the news, about in line with the overall market. The broad based S&P 500 was down 0.2 percent.

The 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 rig workers and spilled 4 million barrels of oil in the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

BP has estimated it could spend more than $42 billion to cover clean-up, fines and other liabilities. It has been selling a variety of assets to help cover its costs.

A trial for direct damages related to the spill got underway in February. The trial is being held with no jury before Judge Carl Barbier at federal court in New Orleans.

A U.S. civil trial has already been set for August 2014, regarding accusations that BP committed fraud by misleading shareholders before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill about its ability to respond to the accident.

(Reporting by Edward Krudy and Hilary Russ; Editing by Vicki Allen, Andre Grenon and Bob burgdorfer)

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Comments (3)
ballsy wrote:
If I was BP, I’d tell NYC to pound sand.

Apr 26, 2013 4:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
50cal wrote:
The Gulf Coast cities should be sueing NYC’s pension fund beneficiaries for the damage their interests in BP caused them-the greedy liberal bas—–!

Apr 26, 2013 5:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
COindependent wrote:
So, tell me the brainiacs that invested in BP had no idea of the risks associated with deep water drilling? If they didn’t, they are incompetent and should be terminated. If they did, then this is another example of why no one has confidence in our government.

Lawyers think they are capable of eliminating all risk to their clients, and then sue when they overlook the obvious. Perhaps they should also sue God for Hurricane Sandy, or Michael Bloomberg for the terminal they used to place the BP buy. Remember, 50% of lawyers are losers in every case they take to trial (but they collect their fees anyway–because “they did their best”.)

Only in the practice of tort law is some compensated for failing.

Apr 26, 2013 5:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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