AG's to discuss legal options on oil spill

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The top law enforcement executives for five states will meet to talk about legal options for dealing with the effects of a massive oil spill threatening their Gulf of Mexico shores.

The attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas will meet Sunday in Mobile, Ala.

A statement said the meeting will discuss legal options, strategies, and preparations for the spill that erupted after a drill rig exploded April 20.

Asked if the states may file lawsuits against oil company BP PLC and other firms, a spokeswoman for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said he is looking at all possibilities.

Lawyers for private plaintiffs including fishermen have filed at least 26 potential class action lawsuits so far for damages from the spill.

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