NEW ORLEANS, La.--Though BP has already agreed to pay $4 billion and plenty of money has already gone to families and businesses affected by the 2010 Deepwater Hrizon oil spill, there's another battle set to get underway today in a federal court room in New Orleans.
It's a lawsuit between the federal government and BP. Billions of dollars are reportedly at stake.
The first goals of the suit are to determine what caused the explosion, who is to be held responsible and to what degree.
BP is expected to vigorously defend itself against allegations of gross negligence. BP, the federal government and the five states affected by the spill, including Mississippi, have tried for months to negotiate a settlement, without success.
Eleven people died in the explosion. Four were from Mississippi.