• Judge Suspends Some BP Settlement Payments

    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company's 2010 oil spill cost them money.

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  • BP Wins Reprieve Over Gulf Spill Payouts: U.S. Appeals Court

    BP Plc won a legal reprieve in its effort to force the administrator of a settlement related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to tighten standards in assessing claims, potentially sparing the oil company billions of dollars of extra costs.

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  • Sealing Well Too Soon Was ‘Too Risky,’ Says BP

    Pushing ahead too quickly with an attempt to seal BP’s leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico would have risked causing uncontrolled escapes of oil from the seabed, the executive in charge of the effort to stop the leak has said.

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  • BP Trial Witnesses, Lawyers Tussle Over Characterizing What Happened During the Gulf Oil Spill

    Tuesday at the BP trial was an exercise in conflicting characterizations of the same events that unfolded as oil gushed from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010: BP was diligently working on multiple solutions simultaneously, or it was jumping among options without following through. A plan to lower another blowout preventer contraption atop the blown-out one was imminently ready to deploy in May 2010, or risky and far from achievable. Icy buildups in the deep sea threatened the operation, or they weren't a major concern.

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  • BP Executive Defends Spill Response Tactics

    A BP executive who led the company's efforts to halt its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico testified Tuesday that his decisions were guided by the principle that they shouldn't do anything that could make the crisis even worse.

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  • Is This Fair to BP?

    BP's decision to settle thousands of lawsuits arising from the terrible Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 must have seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, settlements of complex litigation are supposed to provide full compensation to injured parties, while quantifying a defendant's liability. Settlements also conserve scarce judicial resources and promote the efficient resolution of disputes. But in this case, BP's good faith effort to make whole the individuals and businesses harmed by the spill has morphed into a travesty of justice that threatens not only the financial future of a major U.S. employer and energy producer, but the integrity of the judicial process itself.

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  • BP’s traveling a different road to redemption

    Three years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP’s post-disaster demeanor has gone from contrite to combative. The oil giant is increasingly sparring with the federal government, Louisiana leaders like Gov. Bobby Jindal and the throngs of businesses that still want compensation for the April 2010 explosion and spill that killed 11 people and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • BP Can Take Solace From Disaster Payment Report

    In BP’s battle to limit the cost of its compensation settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the independent investigation into allegations of misconduct in the claims process has failed to deliver the best outcome for the company: a call to stop payments.

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  • Gulf Coast Compensation Fund Under Attack: Our View

    Gulf Coast residents, victimized in 2010 by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, are being victimized again, this time by trial lawyers exploiting a legal system ill-equipped to handle such calamities.

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  • BP Sues U.S. Over Contract Suspensions

    BP has sued the United States government to overturn the suspension of most BP entities, including its exploration arm, from federal contracts.

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