APNewsBreak: Hood hires ex-AG Mike Moore to sue BP

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood confirms to The Associated Press that he has hired former Attorney General Mike Moore and others to handle the state’s claims against BP PLC stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Hood is hiring fellow Democrat Moore, plus former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson and a forensic accounting firm to handle the state’s interests. Mississippi has never formally sued BP over the Macondo well blowout, but is expected to engage in settlement talks along with other Gulf states.

The move comes as Republican lawmakers consider curtailing Hood’s powers to hire outside lawyers and control litigation for state agencies. That dispute stems past suits by Hood and Moore that have resulted in big awards for Mississippi and big fees for private lawyers.