BP Can't Oust Admin For Deepwater Claims, 5th Circ. Told

By Lance Duroni (January 9, 2015, 7:43 PM EST) -- The court-appointed claims administrator charged with overseeing payouts under the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to reject BP PLC's latest bid to remove him, saying the oil giant is simply trying to derail the deal in a fit of buyer's remorse.

In a brief filed with the appeals court, claims administrator Patrick Juneau said his alleged conflict of interest — work he did as a consultant for the state of Louisiana earlier in the case — was known to BP's counsel from the time he interviewed for the position in 2012.

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