BP, the oil company that caused the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is scheduled to start in New Orleans on February 27, 2012.
The states are currently trying to negotiate with BP for about $25 billion, thus avoiding a trial.
David Ulhmann, a former head of the U.S. Justice Department's Environmental Crimes Section told the New Orleans Times Picayune that "BP cannot be successful if the country is in a legal war with government that controls drilling leases. Making peace with the Federal Government value to BP's business model.
This tial will rule on money for economic losses from the spill and the money the Government had to pay to clean it up. Thousands of more individuals are suing BP for whatever their loss was such as if they had a fishing business.
Loyola University tort law Professor Blaine LeCesne said" Louisiana stands to gain a huge amount for this, which is why I don't want it to settle."