Timeline: The Gulf oil spill’s legal war

From the courtroom: BP’s spill probe ignored management failures, safety expert says

Nearly three years after BP’s Macondo well blew out and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the legal wrangling is far from over. Companies involved in the ill-fated deep-water project have committed tens of billions of dollars to settling the slew of lawsuits that have followed. Corporations and individuals have been slammed with manslaughter charges. And Gulf Coast small businesses have struggled to navigate the legal system to recover the damages they suffered from the spill.

A massive civil trial began Feb. 25 in New Orleans that will help determine whose failures caused the fatal disaster. View a timeline of the complex web of lawsuits and indictments that have come in the wake of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.