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Lawsuits Dismissed Against One Defendant in BP Oil Spill Trial

By: AP
By: AP

A federal judge has dismissed all remaining claims against the company that made a key safety device on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 workers and leading to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier means Cameron International is no longer a defendant in an ongoing trial designed to identify causes of BP's well blowout and assign fault to the companies involved.

BP PLC, rig owner Transocean Ltd. and cement contractor Halliburton are the remaining defendants.

According to a transcript of Wednesday's proceedings, Barbier said he hasn't heard any evidence to support negligence claims against Cameron, which manufactured the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

Barbier already had ruled out punitive damages against Cameron.


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