Judge Carl Barbier http://apr.org en BP Expands Challenge To Gulf Spill Settlement http://apr.org/post/bp-expands-challenge-gulf-spill-settlement <p></p><p>BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful.</p><p>Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to give the deal his final approval. On Friday, however, the company's lawyers argued in a court filing that Barbier's more recent interpretation of settlement terms have allowed businesses to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for inflated or fictitious claims.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:52:37 +0000 The Associated Press 37015 at http://apr.org BP Expands Challenge To Gulf Spill Settlement Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments http://apr.org/post/judge-refuses-suspend-bp-settlement-payments-0 <p></p><p>A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while a former FBI director leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday says an internal probe by the claims administrator's office didn't find credible evidence of fraud involving employees of the settlement program's claims center in Mobile, Ala.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:10:33 +0000 The Associated Press 36864 at http://apr.org Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments http://apr.org/post/judge-refuses-suspend-bp-settlement-payments <p>A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:54:32 +0000 The Associated Press 34505 at http://apr.org Judge Refuses To Suspend BP Settlement Payments Judge Urged To Let BP Settlement Payments Continue http://apr.org/post/judge-urged-let-bp-settlement-payments-continue <P>A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill.</P> <P>In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the company hasn't provided any evidence that court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau has wrongfully paid any claims.</P> <P>U.S. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:10:17 +0000 The Associated Press 34409 at http://apr.org Judge Urged To Let BP Settlement Payments Continue Ex-FBI Director To Review BP Settlement Program http://apr.org/post/ex-fbi-director-review-bp-settlement-program <p>A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday naming Freeh a "special master."</p><p>Freeh is a private consultant and recently led a university-sanctioned investigation of the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:16:41 +0000 The Associated Press 33414 at http://apr.org Ex-FBI Director To Review BP Settlement Program BP Says Government Overestimated Size Of Spill http://apr.org/post/bp-says-government-overestimated-size-spill <P>BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico.</P> <P>A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government overestimated the size of the spill because workers captured more than 34 million gallons of crude and either burned it or shipped it to shore.</P> <P>The company asked U.S. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:33:06 +0000 The Associated Press 23109 at http://apr.org BP Says Government Overestimated Size Of Spill