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Fla. AG Files Suit Against BP Over 2010 Spill

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A dead crab is seen in a piece of marsh ravaged by the effects of the BP oil spill April 17, 2011 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A dead crab is seen in a piece of marsh ravaged by the effects of the BP oil spill April 17, 2011 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — On this day three years ago, BP’S Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and killed 11 crewmen, ignited a massive fireball and left behind a gushing open well that ended in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi used the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to file a lawsuit against oil company BP and Halliburton over the spill which fouled 1,100 miles of beaches and marsh along the Gulf coast.

The 40-page lawsuit was filed in federal court in Panama City.

The suit includes several counts under federal, state and maritime law and focuses on Florida’s economic losses. Bondi argues that the 2010 spill cost the state a variety of tax revenues.

The state also seeks punitive damages.

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