UK Backs BP In Challenge To Federal Contracting Ban

Law360, New York (December 3, 2013, 4:45 PM EST) -- The U.K. government interceded on BP PLC's behalf in Texas federal court Monday in its fight against a U.S. government contracting ban, suggesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency imposed an overly punitive sanction in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Urging a Texas federal judge to overturn the company's exclusion from new federal procurement contracts, the government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland argued that the EPA's orders threatened to "erode global public trust" in the federal contracting business and undermine the culture of responsibility...
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