BOCC: yea to SO move; no on elections office to courthouse

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

BP Litigation

Ron Jones with Beasley Allen, the Alabama-based law firm representing the BOCC in its pursuit of a claim against BP in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill, said BP had rescinded its offer to the BOCC as well as a parallel offer to the Gulf County Tourist Development Council.

Jones said it was not a surprise nor was it action taken solely against Gulf County.

“BP has taken a position of late that they don’t want to speak to anybody about anything,” Jones said. “This is not specific to Gulf County, it is across the board.”

The BOCC claim, as with many other local government claims, remains as part of a pool in New Orleans, where a federal court has been hearing litigation in the case of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Jones said the future could bring a “test case” of a local government claim which could serve as a template for all and that there were many “moving parts to the most complex litigation I have been involved in.”

He added that he would not be surprised if BP changes course.



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