BRADENTON, Fla. — Alabama Attorney General Troy King late Thursday filed lawsuits against BP PLC and BP America Inc. as well as drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. and related companies for their roles in the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Two nearly identical suits were filed in the U.S. District Court in Montgomery. BP and its subsidiaries are named as defendants in one suit. Transocean, Halliburton Energy Services Inc., Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and Cameron International Corp. are defendants in another suit.

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