US Says BP Shielded Directors, Blamed Deepwater Rig Workers

Law360, New York (September 6, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT) -- BP PLC's management tried to protect itself by pinning the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill on "blue-collar rig workers," according to a document unveiled Thursday by the U.S. government in response to BP's proposed $7.8 billion class action settlement with Gulf Coast residents and cleanup workers.

In a newly unsealed section of the memorandum, which had previously been filed in partially redacted form Aug. 31, the U.S. government said that despite BP's representations that its investigation into the oil spill disaster were transparent and complete, the...
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