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Court upholds 2012 oil spill settlement

Gulf Coast Battles Continued Spread Of Oil In Its Waters And Coastline

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP PLC and lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the company's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost them money.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier did not err by failing to determine whether the class of eligible claimants included individuals who haven't actually suffered any injury.

A divided three-judge panel of the court said in its 48-page ruling that it could not agree with arguments raised by BP and other appellants and affirmed Barbier's initial ruling in 2012.

One of the three appellate judges, Emilio M. Garza, disagreed in a 14-page dissent.

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Judy January 11 2014 at 3:40 PM

I agree about BP being responsible and applaud the court for holding them accountable. Why isn't EXXON/MOBIL still held responsible for the on-going damage to Prince William Sound? Twenty five years AFTER the Exxon Valdez, the Alaskan herring industry has not come back(people lost jobs/income) and 51 out of 90 tested areas of earth/ground around the Sound still show extremely high levels of oil contamination. How come they have not been held to ongoing clean-up of the environment until the areas have returned to their pre-Valdez state? Because of this, I do not and will not buy their gas and I sold my stock in EXXON years ago in protest. If BP fails to make good, they should be boycotted as well.

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asgjim January 11 2014 at 3:29 PM

The concern here is that since the size of the fund that all of these claims are being settled from has already been established and limited by the court ruling any money granted to questionable claims is that much less available for people truly impacted by this disaster. In reviewing claims filed by one law firm BP has discovered over 75% of the claimant do not even exist and they have only audited 1/10th of this law firms 600 claimants. By getting the court to limiting the scope of claimants BP was hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent claims. The time BP spends investigating fraudulent claims only delays settlement of claims to legitimate claimants.

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Tim and Cathy January 11 2014 at 3:12 PM

Wonder how high gas prices will go up when they DO have to pay?

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hifie January 11 2014 at 2:31 PM

BP is like a bucket of Eels. As soon as you think one is in hand they slip away.

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Kelli J. Brewer January 11 2014 at 2:20 PM

I hope BP has to pay out the cash for what they did. Everything boils down to money. GREED GREED GREED! As long as money is involved, many do not care if it hurts another, kills aother, harms another, causes heartache, etc. God cannot lie & he says in the Bible at 1 Timothy 6:10 that "THE LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL SORTS OF INJURIOUS THINGS" & boy is this true. They did not care if it affected the birds, fish, animals, as long as it would bring them thousands & thousands to pad their greedy pockets with. Well now it backfired & is time to pay up. The BP by us just closed down & now it is a Mobil. Not sure if Mobil is buying them out or if the lawsuits are affecting them financially but it does not hurt my feelings a bit. BP did the harm & now it is time to give a leg & an arm.

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elmok719 January 11 2014 at 4:27 PM

Do you really think this will cost them anything? They will just pass the costs on to the consumers. Exxon actually made money from the Valdez episode. They couldn't have bought the publicity they got and not all was bad. You can't hurt these guys.

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stees4 January 11 2014 at 2:01 PM

All BP has done with their typical corporate Mind over matter(Bp doesn't mind, and you don't matter)attitude, is turn people off to their products. I along with many others stopped buying BP products after their gross denial attitude of any wrong doing which obviously continues to prevail. Many BP gas stations have closed their doors in the area where I live as a result. If this "it's not my fault" attitude on the part of BP continues to exist, they will just trun even more people off to their products.

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delgado1bonnie January 11 2014 at 2:15 PM

when you are TOLD of the CEO'S BONUSES,, and you PAY at the PUMP for some of ths ill gotten funds and KNOW that HUMAN DEATH also helped to hline their pockets... why on earth would you even THINK hat " people " matter to BP ? They know the NUMBERS... They understand the " demand for theior product "... in so many words they have and have had the American people by the SHORT _ AIRS it is BP and it IS their way of conducting business ...as usual.. READ their track record..

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royjoneswolf62 January 11 2014 at 1:25 PM

Sounds like Mr. Garcia was bought off by BP!

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rn2956 January 11 2014 at 12:44 PM

BP was well aware of the safety problems concerning this particular oil well platform. They gambled, they lost...

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KBS January 11 2014 at 12:03 PM

What this ruling is all about is whether or not "un-affected" claimants --such as a massage parlor in NOLA or a business located 40 miles from the coastline --can legally file claims against BP.British Petroleum is howling about the number of claims filed and cost to B P due to negligence of their company and contractors associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maybe some people are taking advantage and filing claims--even if it is a FAR stretch that they were affected by the spill. Barbier decision was upheld and I am sure it will be appealed by BP to yet another higher court. BP is still facing fines under the Clean Waters Act and I guess they have to try and stop what they feel are fictitious claims by businesses and individuals. The fines the government is going to hand out for violations to the Clean Water Act are going to be HUGE!!!!!! and every billion pennies counts these days.

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SPQR January 11 2014 at 10:47 AM

The gulf is a main source of food (shrimp, fish) and we use it as a toilet bowl...better keep it clean before it kills millions of people

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