A federal appeals court ruling that effectively lets BP slip out of financial and legal obligations spelled out in a 2012 settlement agreement has stunned and baffled Gulf Coast claimants hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Two judges on a three-judge panel at the U.S. 5th District Court of Appeals intervened in the oil spill claims settlement the first week of December, ordering federal judge Carl Barbier to block any and all claims payments to businesses whose “injuries are not traceable to the spill.” The ruling has brought nearly all claims payments to a dead stop by bogging them ... Read More
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