BP expands challenge to Gulf spill settlement

Court NewsThe Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS – BP is trying to convince a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge’s approval of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful.

Last year, BP joined plaintiffs’ attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to give his final approval to its settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money.

On Friday, the company’s lawyers argued in a court filing that Barbier’s more recent interpretation of settlement terms has allowed businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for inflated or fictitious claims.