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BP sues blowout preventer maker Cameron.

Summary: BP have sued Cameron International Corp for negligence, after a blowout preventer failed to avert the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP have sued Cameron International Corp for negligence, after a blowout preventer made by the company failed to avert last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

In a complaint filed in the federal court in New Orleans, the oil giant said Cameron should be ordered to pay its share of any liability the British company might face.

Eleven people died when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, following which about 4.9 million barrels of oil flowed out of a subsurface BP well.

BP has incurred tens of billions of dollars of liabilities from the disaster.

"The blowout preventer failed to work and perform the function it was designed and manufactured to perform - i.e., to secure the well," BP said in the complaint.

The Houston-based company was not immediately available for comment.

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