BP Plc reached settlements to resolve billions of dollars of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and asked a U.S. judge for a long delay in any trial over remaining disputes stemming from the disaster
BP Plc reached settlements to resolve billions of dollars of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and asked a U.S. judge for a long delay in any trial over remaining disputes stemming from the ...
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Justice Department reached a US$1.4-billion settlement Thursday with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP Plc persuaded an appeals court to order a re-examination of key terms of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil-spill settlement that the company said could have cost it billions of dollars in improper payouts.
BP said the program’s administrator, Patrick Juneau, was approving millions of dollars in “fictitious” payments to businesses for economic losses based on what BP called a flawed interpretation of the agreement reached with spill victims’ lawyers in 2012.
BP Plc lost a motion to dismiss the issue of a potential finding of gross negligence, which could trigger fines as much as US$17.6-billion, in the trial over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
BP lawyer Andrew Langan asked for a partial ruling Monday as the lawyers for the plaintiffs suing the company rested their case.
“We don’t think there has been a finding of gross negligence” against BP, Langan told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, who is conducting the nonjury trial.