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Hillsborough Commission votes to sue BP

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The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to sue oil-giant BP over lost tax revenue suffered due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The county claimed to have suffered approximately $43 million in losses from  tax revenue as a result of the spill.

Wednesday's vote authorizes attorneys hired by the county to file a lawsuit to seek compensation.

County Attorney Chip Fletcher says the county has hired the Fowler White Boggs firm to pursue its claim. The law firm would be paid 20 percent of what it recovers, plus legal expenses, if it secures any money for the county.  The firm will not be paid if they do not recover damages.

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