NEW ORLEANS — BP yesterday sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year’s calamitous gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging that negligence by both helped cause the disaster.
The British company said in court papers that it is suing rig owner Transocean for at least $40 billion in damages, accusing it of causing last year’s deadly blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP contends that every single safety system and device and well control procedure on the Deepwater Horizon rig failed.
It also is suing Cameron International, which provided a blowout preventer with a faulty design.
The lawsuits seek damages to help BP pay for the tens of billions of dollars in liabilities it has incurred.
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