$70 Billion Claim Against BP, Dismissed

Based on these allegations, the Plaintiff filed a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act (FCA), asserting that BP had obtained approval to produce oil from the Department of the Interior by falsely certifying to compliance with regulatory engineering standards.  Abbott’s FCA damages claim exceeded $70 billion (reduced from an original claim of $266 billion).  In the same lawsuit and based on the same allegations of regulatory noncompliance, Abbott and plaintiff Food & Water Watch, Inc. filed a citizen suit under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), seeking an injunction of production from the Atlantis platform.

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