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Appeals Court Gives BP a
Win in Settlement Dispute

Associated Press, by Michael Kunzelman & Kevin McGill

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/3/2013 4:50:26 AM

New Orleans - A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived BP´s claims that a judge´s interpretation of a settlement over its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could force the company to pay billions of dollars for bogus or inflated claims by businesses. A ruling by a divided three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier´s rulings on the dispute between BP and attorneys who brokered the multibillion-dollar settlement in 2012. The panel sent the case back to Barbier with an order that he craft a "narrowly-tailored injunction that allows

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 10/3/2013 6:40:38 AM     (No. 9547686)

I live in SW FL near the Gulf coast and I can´t believe attorneys are advertising to restaurants, hairdressers, doctors - anyone and everyone - that they MAY have suffered from the BP oil spill and to get signed up today for a lawsuit against BP. Say what! The only damage for our area I could think of would be if tourists didn´t come because they THOUGHT our beaches might have damage from the spill but any other damages? Ptooey! Didn´t BP have to pay Zippy $20 billion early on? This whole thing was a farce, especially since the Zipster took 30 days to mosey on down to see the damages.

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