BP Plc got support from the U.K. government in its U.S. court fight over the level of compensation required under a settlement of lawsuits stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The U.K. told U.S. Supreme Court judges in a filing that decisions to authorize payments to people who were not injured by the spill raises “grave international comity concerns by undermining confidence in the vigorous and fair resolution of disputes.” The filing shows the government’s interest in the treatment of one of the country’s most prominent companies. Based on this filing it’s quite apparent that the British government is totally unaware that BP agreed to the terms of the settlement.
BP, the second-largest British oil producer, is trying to get a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that would be a miscarriage of justice. The oil giant had failed to persuade a Louisiana district judge and an appeals court to limit payments under a 2012 settlement to compensate victims of the spill. BP says payments are unfairly being made to claimants whose businesses couldn’t have been affected by the disaster. The U.K. government filed an Amicus Curiae, or friend of the court, brief dated on Sept. 4 in the Supreme Court.
Source: Insurance Journal
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