In a remarkable turn in the resolution of fallout from the civil claims process, as it is related to damages from the BP oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled against BP on December 24th. Judge Barbier rejected BP’s argument that a multibillion-dollar settlement over the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill should not compensate businesses if they are unable to directly trace losses to the spill.
Barbier explained in his ruling that the settlement was intended to avoid the delays that would result from a “claim by claim analysis” of whether each business claim can be tied to the 2010 BP oil spill.
BP has argued for months that Judge Barbier and claims administrator Patrick Juneau misinterpreted settlement terms in ways that would force the company to pay for bogus or inflated claims made by Gulf Coast businesses.
If your business was impacted by the devastating 2010 BP oil spill, it is important to consult with an attorney regarding a claim before April 2014. Contact Frank Miranda Attorneys at Law at 813.254.2637 to schedule an appointment to discuss your claim with us. Your consultation is free of charge, and we do work on a contingency fee basis.