New York and Ohio have teamed up as co-plaintiffs in a $200 million securities
fraud, class-action lawsuit against oil giant BP for losses experienced
by state pension and retirement funds in the aftermath of the Gulf oil
spill, according to a July 21 article published by The Business Review.
Court papers were filed recently in New Orleans.
The lawsuit rests on allegations by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
and Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray that BP misrepresented the company's
safety protocols and record and that the
misrepresentation resulted in artificially inflated prices for BP stock. According to the
article, after the April oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP stock prices fell 40%.
According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, BP's alleged
securities trading at artificially high prices caused four Ohio pension
funds to lose up to $126 million, as follows:
State Teachers Retirement System, $50 million
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, $46 million
School Employees Retirement System, $16 million
Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund, $14 million
BP has not yet commented on the lawsuit.