NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that three Mexican states cannot sue BP and other companies over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal upholds a 2013 district court ruling.
The court held that the Mexican federal government is the owner of the damaged property and that the three states — Veracruz, Tamaulipas (tah-mah-LEE’-pahs) and Quintana Roo (keen-TAH’-na roh) — don’t have standing to file the suit.
The 5th Circuit opinion, dated May 1, notes that that the Mexican federal government filed a similar lawsuit, which is progressing through the court system.
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