Claims and Litigation

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon  disaster. These lawsuits raise a wide variety of legal claims, from tort law (e.g., personal injury) to environmental law (e.g., water pollution). On these pages you will find a big-picture overview of the various various types of legal claims filed under federal law and their status as of September 2014. This overview does not explore the claims filed by individual Gulf states.

If you encounter unfamiliar terms, please view our Glossary of Key Legal Terms. If you would like more detail on any of the claims themselves, see ELI’s searchable database of court cases filed in response to the spill.

More information about these topics is available in our Claims and Litigation fact sheets.

What types of claims have been filed under federal law as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

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DISCLAIMER: This overview is prepared for informational purposes only to inform individuals who are not involved in the litigation. It is not prepared for litigation and is not legal advice. Individuals with potential claims should consult with their own attorney. The information on this page is current as of September 2014.