La. AG seeks trial for state claims over BP spill

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office is asking a federal judge to set a trial date for some of the state's economic loss claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a court filing Wednesday, Caldwell's office claims the spill cost the state more than $1 billion in lost 2010 revenue, including sales tax, income and franchise taxes.

Caldwell says a trial for the state claims wouldn't interfere with a separate trial set for January that is designed to identify the causes of BP's deadly well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn't immediately rule on the request.