BP Moves For Deepwater Deal Shutdown After Freeh Report

Law360, New York (September 23, 2013, 5:20 PM ET) -- BP PLC took another stab on Monday at freezing settlement payouts under the Deepwater Horizon economic damages program, saying a court-ordered report's findings of potentially criminal misconduct within the claims handling process justify a shutdown.

BP said that former FBI director Louis J. Freeh confirmed its longstanding suspicions of corruption within the settlement program in a Sept. 6 special master's report that purportedly laid bare widespread unethical practices and an indifference to fraudulent payments among the program's senior staffers.

The company is now asking for an...
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