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Ala. AG: Latest BP oil spill ruling could mean millions in damages for Alabama

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Luther Strange spoke about the ruling on Thursday in Birmingham. Source: WBRC video Luther Strange spoke about the ruling on Thursday in Birmingham. Source: WBRC video
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says a judge's ruling in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill could bring millions of dollars to Alabama.

A district judge ruled that BP's conduct amounted to gross negligence in its handling of the spill, which badly damaged the fishing and tourist industry along the Gulf Coast.

Strange said the ruling could result in high penalties and opens BP to higher court damages. According to the Associated Press, those additional penalities could total $18 billion.

"BP must pay significantly enhanced civil penalties to the United States, penalties that will result in billions of dollars and Alabama will receive a portion of these penalties," he said.

Strange hopes to begin a trial against BP in Montgomery in 2015. The oil company said it disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal.

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