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May 23, 2014

Dissenting Judge Sends ‘Distress Signal’ to SCOTUS in BP Spill Settlement Case

As we posted about earlier this week, in a five to three decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected energy firm, BP’s bid to stop questionable payouts from its legal settlement.

BloombergBusinessWeek’s Paul M. Barrett, however, focuses on the dissent from one of the Fifth Circuit judges — Judge Edith Brown Clement — whom Barrett says is, “waving her arms, jumping up and down—heck, doing everything but setting her office furniture on fire—to draw the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court to the zany goings on in New Orleans concerning BP and its oil spill liability.”

In Clement’s dissent, she, “none too subtly encouraged” BP to seek Supreme Court review, and, “urged the justices to grant that review.”

“The class of people who will recover from this settlement continues to include significant numbers of people whose losses, if any, were not caused by BP,” Clement wrote. “Our courts’ decisions would allow payments to ‘victims’ such as a wireless phone company store that burned down and a RV park owner that was foreclosed on before the spill.”

“These are certainly absurd results,” Clement continued. “And despite our colleagues’ continued efforts to shift the blame for these absurdities to BP’s lawyers, it remains the fact that we are party to this fraud.”

Click here to view the recent “Faces of Lawsuit Abuse” video highlighting additional questionable claims that sparked BP’s appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

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