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Appeals court upholds dismissal of 11 parish suits against BP under Louisiana wildlife law

February 25, 2014

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court’s dismissal of lawsuits filed by 11 Louisiana parishes that sought to recover penalties from BP and its drilling partners under a Louisiana law for pollution-related losses of aquatic life and wildlife resulting from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill. The 5th Circuit agreed that the suits were preempted by federal law.