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BP Still Trying to Undo Some Oil Spill Claims Payments to Nonprofits

BP Plc is seeking to undo payments to some victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill in a move opposing lawyers warn could open the floodgates to challenging hundreds of thousands of individual damage-claim awards. BP, which is struggling …

Judge Rules BP Was ‘Grossly Negligent’ in Gulf Oil Spill

BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the …

Focus Shifts to BP Following Halliburton Oil Spill Settlement

Halliburton Co.’s agreement to settle most of the lawsuits stemming from its role in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history refocuses attention on the still-awaited court ruling that will decide the extent of BP Plc’s liability. U.S. District …

Why BP May Regret Aggressively Challenging Oil Settlement Payments

A year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging terms of the deal in a legal strategy that could backfire with the judge who will rule on the …

Appeals Court to Fast-Track BP’s Bid to Halt Gulf Oil Spill Payments

BP Plc’s bid to block economic-loss payments tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill unless the claims can be directly linked to the disaster won fast-track consideration by an appeals court. The London-based company said last week that …

BP Oil Spill Settlement Opponents Ask Court to Rescind Approval

Opponents of BP Plc’s $9.2 billion partial settlement of private-party claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are set to ask a U.S. appeals court to reverse a judge’s approval of the agreement. The agreement is unfair and …

Judge Accepts Halliburton’s Guilty Plea in Gulf Oil Case

A federal judge accepted a Halliburton Co. unit’s guilty plea to destroying tests conducted on cement work connected to the BP Plc-owned well that exploded in 2010, setting off the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Officials of Halliburton Energy Services …

Court Reverses OK for BP to Access Transocean Insurance to Pay Oil Spill Costs

A U.S. appeals court withdrew its decision finding BP Plc had access to $750 million in Transocean Ltd.’s insurance to pay costs of the 2010 oil spill, to ask the Texas Supreme Court a question on coverage. The U.S. Court …

Judge Denies BP’s Bid to Halt Gulf Oil Spill Payments Pending Investigation

BP Plc lost a renewed bid to suspend payments from the court-supervised program administering its settlement of claims tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. An investigation of alleged wrongdoing at the Mobile, Alabama, claims assistance center didn’t …

BP Gulf Oil Victims Challenge Economic Damages Claim Settlements

BP Plc’s $8.2 billion settlement of most private economic-damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is unfair and should be rejected, victims opposed to the deal told a federal appeals court. The agreement inconsistently compensates victims with …