$50M Fine Falls 'Woefully Short': BP Blast Victims

Law360, New York (August 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Victims challenging a proposed $50 million criminal fine stemming from an explosion at a Texas BP refinery have told a court that losses sustained by just 28 of the 170 people injured in the blast exceed $100 million, making the proposed fine “unreasonably low.”

The group's counsel submitted a sample of pecuniary loss figures to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Monday, saying the figures showed that the fine proposed in a plea agreement with BP Products North America Inc. fell...
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