State claims a wild card in BP civil deal on Macondo oil spill

Reuters: It is a question that has lawyers and many others on the U.S. Gulf coast buzzing: Will BP strike a massive deal to settle the remaining claims over the Gulf of Mexico well blowout? BP could be nearing a settlement of federal claims with the U.S. Department of Justice, but people tracking the case closely say the company and coastal states, especially Louisiana, might still be far apart. So unless the talks with the states quicken or the judge delays the process in the hope a far-reaching deal......

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