News Summary: Now civil trial for BP oil spill

Wednesday - 1/30/2013, 12:57pm EST

By the Associated Press

(AP) - BEING CIVIL: After a $4 billion plea deal resolved BP's criminal liability for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company faces a trial that could cost it billions of dollars more in civil penalties.

BLAME GAME: The first phase of a federal trial scheduled to starts Feb. 25 aims to assign percentages of blame to BP and its partners in the ill-fated drilling project.

RUNNING A TAB: BP already has racked up more than $24 billion in spill-related expenses and has estimated it will pay a total of $42 billion to fully resolve its liability for the disaster.


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