BP Looks to Block Unjustified Settlements

BP Looks to Block Unjustified Settlements

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NEW ORLEANS - BP has renewed its request for a federal appeals court to permanently block settlement payments to businesses that can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a court filing Monday, BP attorneys argued that a Dec. 24 ruling by the U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will impose more "vast and unjustified costs" on the company unless a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overrules him.

Barbier said in last week's order that BP's settlement was designed to avoid the delays that would result from a "claim-by claim analysis of whether each claim can be traced to the spill.

Earlier this month, the 5th Circuit panel ruled that Barbier erred when he initially refused to consider BP's "causation" arguments.


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