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  • blackjackkid41 blackjackkid41 Nov 18, 2011 11:43 PM Flag

    Transocean Can’t Sue U.S. for Gulf Spill: Judge

    Transocean Ltd. (RIG) can’t sue the U.S. government for partial fault in the 2010 blowout of BP Plc (BP/)’s Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent oil spill, a judge said.

    “The U.S. has sovereign immunity here,” U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said today at a hearing in New Orleans in dismissing a claim brought by Transocean in a lawsuit. The company can still present evidence of such allegations at trial in an effort to limit any damages against it, Barbier said.

    Transocean filed its claim against the U.S. in February, contending the incident may have been caused in part by the acts of federal agencies and government employees. Transocean was seeking a credit or offset on any prospective damages assessed against the company in the lawsuits.

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