Posted: Apr 21, 2011 4:49 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - While solemn commemorations marked the first anniversary of the calamitous BP oil spill, legal claims filed by the oil giant and other companies involved in the disaster show that lengthy court battles lay ahead.
Around the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, residents said prayers on the beach and lit candles in the heart of New Orleans, while relatives flew over the sea where 11 rig workers died a year ago.
In New Orleans courts, BP filed lawsuits alleging negligence by the
rig owner and the maker of the device that failed to stop the
spill. The blowout preventer maker and rig owner filed their own