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BP Montana Lawsuit: Company's Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Claim

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The BP logo is pictured at a petrol station in central London, on February 1, 2011. BP on Tuesday posted its first annual loss in almost two decades as a result of last year's devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and raised the estimate of costs from the disaster to $40.9 billion. The company said it made a loss of $4.9 billion (3.6 billion euros) last year, which was the first shortfall since 1992 and followed the worst environmental catastrophe in US history. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty File

HELENA, Mont. -- BP lawyers are asking a judge to dismiss a Montana lawsuit that alleges the oil giant took millions of dollars in insurance money and then left the state with the bill for cleaning contamination from leaky underground storage tanks.

The state and the Montana Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board accuse BP plc and its North American subsidiaries of fraud in the cleanup of pollution from gasoline storage tanks at service stations.

BP attorney Patrick Sullivan told District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock on Wednesday that a high standard is required to bring a fraud claim and the state's lawsuit does not meet it.

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