5th Circuit upholds BP oil spill settlement

The appeals court said a district court judge correctly found that the plaintiffs in the class action case had been damaged by the oil spill

Score one for the Gulf: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision approving a multimillion dollar settlement with BP stemming from the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

On Jan. 10, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (PDF) that BP’s claims that the U.S. Constitution prohibits paying a settlement to those that have not suffered an injury, or cannot prove their injuries were caused by the spill, were without merit. Instead, the appeals court said, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier correctly found that the plaintiffs in the class action case had been damaged by the oil spill.

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