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September 8, 2014

U.K. Government Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief in BP Litigation

The British government has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court over BP’s litigation over the Gulf oil spill settlement, saying that U.S. court rulings against BP raise “grave international comity concerns.”

Financial Times reports that the UK government’s brief says BP had “gone to great lengths to restore the gulf coast”, but was being “forced to pay large sums to individuals and businesses who were not affected by the spill.”

The brief also warned that the “courts’ treatment of BP” could harm the “trust necessary for international commerce.”

The British government’s filing also notes that trade between the U.S. and the U.K. is worth $200 billion per year and that “British companies are the largest foreign investors in the U.S.”

“Such strong international economic relationships depend on trust and confidence that each country’s nationals and companies will be treated equitably under the law,” says the brief.

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