BP Wins Settlement Fight

A Louisiana wildlife official displays oil from a marsh on April 19, 2011 at Middle Ground in southern Louisiana. A year after the BP oil spill coated Gulf coast beaches and marshes, BP claims that most of the oil has been removed. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries says, however, that much of the coastal cleaning has been superficial, as the oil has seeped into the soil, killing marshes and further eroding the state's damaged Mississippi Delta ecosystem.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 3, 2013, 6:06 a.m.

Brit­ish Pet­ro­leum earned a fa­vor­able rul­ing Wed­nes­day from a fed­er­al Ap­peals Court, AP re­ports, which de­term­ined that an earli­er rul­ing on the com­pany’s set­tle­ment over the Gulf oil spill could force it to pay fraud­u­lent or over­es­tim­ated claims.

A pan­el of the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the 5th Cir­cuit said an earli­er in­ter­pret­a­tion of the 2012 set­tle­ment could res­ult in bil­lions of dol­lars in un­fair claims. BP spokes­man Geoff Mor­rell said the rul­ing “af­firms what BP has been say­ing since the be­gin­ning: Claimants should not be paid for fic­ti­tious or wholly nonex­ist­ent losses.”

The set­tle­ment will be sent back to a dis­trict judge for fur­ther work.


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