BP Asks 5th Circ. To Force Judge To Stop Deepwater Claims
By Kurt Orzeck
Law360, Los Angeles (November 21, 2013, 9:51 PM EST) -- BP Exploration & Production Inc. asked the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to force a Louisiana federal judge to stop payments in the oil giant's estimated $9.2 billion settlement of multidistrict litigation stemming from the 2010 Deepwater oil spill, arguing that some claims could be fictitious.
In an emergency motion seeking an injunction, BP asked the appeals court to enforce its October order that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier stay some of the payments until he has sorted out which class members have legitimate claims.