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  2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

BP Vows to 'Vigorously' Fight 'Excessive' Fines from Oil Spill


British energy giant BP on Tuesday vowed to "vigorously defend" itself in court next week over US government claims for "excessive" fines linked to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. "BP will vigorously defend against gross negligence allegations," the energy giant said ahead of the start of a federal civil trial on Monday, AFP reported. BP returns to the Louisiana courthouse on February 25 for a mammoth trial consolidating scores of remaining lawsuits stemming from the worst environmental disaster to strike the United States.