U.S. court rejects BP's bid to stop oil spill payments

Mar 04, 2014, 1:14 AM EST
Ships work near the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on August 3, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.
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A U.S. federal court has rejected BP's efforts to halt payments relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Fifth Circuit Court also said an earlier injunction stopping payments to claimants should be lifted. BP had argued that some firms filed fictitious spill claims. However, "the settlement agreement does not require a claimant to submit evidence that the claim arose as a result of the oil spill," wrote the court in its verdict.
U.S. court rejects BP effort to halt oil spill payments [BBC]
Court rejects BP appeal over gulf oil spill payouts [Washington Post]