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BP Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Fraud Lawsuit

The Huffington Post reports in that BP lawyers are asking a district judge to dismiss a Montana lawsuit that alleges that BP took millions of dollars in insurance money and then left the state with the bill for cleaning contamination from leaky underground storage tanks.

The State of Montana and the Montana Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board have accused BP and its North American subsidiaries of fraud in the cleanup of pollution from gasoline storage tanks at service stations.

BP attorney Patrick Sullivan told District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock on Wednesday that a high standard is required to bring a fraud claim and the state’s lawsuit does not meet it.

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