5th Circ. Urged To Nix 'Hostile' Judge In $266B BP FCA Row

By Shayna Posses (May 4, 2016, 6:07 PM EDT) -- Whistleblowers asked the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to revive a $266 billion False Claims Act suit involving BP PLC's Gulf of Mexico-based Atlantis facility, saying a Texas federal judge erred by favoring the company and demonstrated "remarkable and unacceptable hostility" toward them while doing so.

Former BP contractor Kenneth W. Abbott and advocacy group Food & Water Watch Inc. urged the panel to overturn decisions tossing the lawsuit for lack of original knowledge and specific damage from the company's alleged false certifications to the government, arguing that the judge ignored the clear evidence in granting BP's summary judgment bids and later...

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