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Thousands join oil spill lawsuit [USA]

Lawsuits representing thousands of plaintiffs claiming damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are stacking up in the Eastern District as filing deadlines in many cases loom. The petitions, naming BP Oil, Halliburton and its subsidiary Sperry Drilling Services, and Transocean as defendants, represent a range of plaintiffs from shrimpers and fishermen to hotels and restaurants as well as those claiming medical damage from the catastrophic explosion and subsequent spill lasting about five months in 2010…According to one petition representing more than 900 hotel owners, the BP oil spill created "a widespread array of negative consequences" damaging individuals and businesses…

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