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May 11, 2015

BP Wins Right to Appeal Some Gulf Oil Spill Claims

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said on Friday that BP “deserves the right to appellate review of some damage claims awarded to people and businesses” as part of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill settlement.

As of April, BP estimated that the company would pay $10.3 billion to resolve oil spill claims. According to claims administrator Patrick Juneau, about $5.13 billion has been paid out so far to 63,597 claimants.

In its appeal, BP complained that “rules adopted by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier compromised its right to appeal awards he approved and which the company did not like to the 5th Circuit.” 5th Circuit Judge Fortunato Benavides wrote in the decision that BP deserved that right to appeal because it did not expressly waive it.

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