Charging Spike In 'Bogus' Oil Spill Settlement Claims, BP Takes the Offensive

BP is appealing a judge’s interpretation of the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement program tied to the Gulf oil spill. The London-based energy giant says it’s sending out hundreds of letters to lawyers for Gulf Coast businesses, warning that, if its appeal succeeds, it may seek to recover at least a portion of their clients’ shares in the settlement.

“It’s somewhat unusual to have a dispute over a settlement.”

Jeff Rensberger is a professor at South Texas College of Law.

“One of the benefits of settling a case is you close down your litigation costs. So they’re reopening their litigation costs.”

BP also placed a full-page advertisement in three of the nation’s largest newspapers Wednesday, accusing “trial lawyers and some politicians” of encouraging businesses to submit thousands of claims for inflated or non-existent losses.

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