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First phase of BP spill trial ends

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will now determine if BP, Halliburton or Transocean acted with gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill

Just days before the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, the first phase of a trial to determine if BP or its partners are guilty of gross negligence in the disaster came to a close on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ordered an 80-day period in which to determine findings before moving on to the second phase of the trial, which will determine damages in the spill that killed 11 people and dumped 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Alanna Byrne

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