NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says Alabama and Louisiana can pursue punitive damages against BP and other companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’ bee aye) denied efforts by BP PLC and several co-defendants in the case to dismiss the two states’ federal complaints. The judge upheld their right to pursue punitive damages and other compensation under general maritime law and the federal Oil Pollution Act.

Barbier’s ruling, dated Monday, was not a total victory for Alabama and Louisiana. The judge dismissed some claims in the lawsuits that were based on state laws.

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