Fifth Circuit Applies 'Robins Dry Dock' to Mexican States’ Suit Over 2010 BP Oil Spill

We’ve regularly covered cases involving the BP Deepwater Horizon 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. All our discussions so far have focused on decisions affecting the U.S. However, Mexico has filed claims in the case as well. Specifically the Mexican states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, and Quintana Roo filed a suit against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cameron. The case was initially dismissed by the district court because the Mexican states did not hold a sufficient “proprietary interest”. The Mexican States appealed the case to the 5th Circuit Court. The Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal and discussed the application of Robins Dry Dock to the Mexican states' case. Read the discussion and their decision.