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Court won’t stop BP oil spill claims payments

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.

The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments while BP appeals the court’s earlier ruling that businesses, under the settlement, don’t have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.

BP asked the Supreme Court to review Wednesday’s ruling, saying that otherwise “countless awards totaling potentially hundreds of millions of dollars will be irretrievably scattered to claimants that suffered no injury traceable to BP’s conduct.”

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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