BP Takes Fight Over Settlement Terms to Supreme Court

, The National Law Journal


BP PLC will take its bid to enforce its interpretation of the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court. The move, announced on Wednesday, came on the heels of the refusal by the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to rehear panel decisions in a pair of appeals over the settlement.

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  • Darren McKinney

    It‘s a shame that bayou shysters have thus far managed to hold sway over Southern judges, winning permission to commit wholesale fraud at the expense of a company that has tried doing the right thing to ameliorate an environmental disaster and its economic impact.

    Here‘s hoping the SCOTUS sends a clear signal to shysters everywhere, namely that‘s it‘s NEVER okay for sworn officers of the court to promulgate fraud -- even if they can astonishingly convince friendly lower court judges that a settlement‘s language allows them to do so.

    -Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

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