A BP spokesman declined comment and Halliburton spokespeople were not immediately available.
The suit, among other things, faults BP for not changing the batteries on the rig's blowout preventer. Halliburton was blamed for installing faulty cement barriers that were supposed to gird the well against oil pressure. District Court in Panama City. The federal court has jurisdiction under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
About 85 million people visit Florida each year, generating $80 billion of business in the state, according to the complaint.
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Bondi filed suit on the three year anniversary of the tragedy that killed 11 rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is now the fourth state to sue over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; Mississippi sued on Friday.
Florida becomes 4th state to sue BP over oil spill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The state of Florida filed a lawsuit Saturday against oil company BP and cement contractor Halliburton over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, becoming the fourth state to seek damages for the 2010 disaster.
Bondi argues that the 2010 spill cost the state a variety of tax revenues, including sales taxes, gasoline taxes, cigarette surcharges and beer, wine and liquor taxes.
The suit focuses on the state's economic losses and includes negligence and other claims under federal, state and maritime law.
"Without this level of tourism, Florida suffers, as do many of the local people and communities who are supported by it," the complaint said. Moreover, BP "publicly acknowledged that it would cover or otherwise make funds available for damages . as a result of the spill."
Louisiana and Alabama sued BP earlier and are participating in a federal trial that is ongoing in New Orleans to determine the liability of BP and others. Nike Lebron 11 Graffiti For Sale
Warnings of a leak prior to the blowout went unheeded by BP's and Halliburton's rig employees for nearly an hour, the suit said, adding that fire prevention and alarm systems on the rig also failed.
the Gulf coast, keeping away waves of summer tourists who swim and fish in the waters.
"Indeed, Florida relies on the pristine nature of the Gulf of Mexico as the source for much of the attraction of patrons, tourists and Nike Kyrie Irving Amazon visitors," the suit said.
Cities and counties along the coast also have filed.
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if they had exclusive control of whatever causes an accident.
"BP knew or should have known that the manufacturer recommended replacement of the batteries in the battery packs at least once per year," the suit said. Divers later couldn't manually turn it on, either. The suit also blames BP for installing a defective valve on the same blowout preventer.
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