The motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans said the lawyer,
Patrick Juneau, lacks neutrality because he had advocated for
claimants before the court appointed him to run the claims program.
It was the latest in a series of legal challenges filed by the
London-based oil major, which has complained previously that Juneau
has been too generous and liberal when approving claims.
"In order to restore the integrity of the claims program, the court
should replace him,” BP said.
Juneau has said he is just applying the rules of the 2012 settlement
agreement that was approved by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.
BP originally expected the class-action settlement to resolve
economic and health claims by more than 100,000 individuals and
businesses to cost $7.8 billion. It has since said the uncapped
program could cost $9.2 billion and that this amount could grow.
The 1,000-page settlement deal was negotiated by BP and a committee
of plaintiffs' lawyers to avoid individual lawsuits by compensating
a wide class of businesses and individuals in one swoop.
BP has sustained more than $42 billion in charges from the April 20,
2010, disaster aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed
11 workers in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
More charges are possible as the trial to determine blame and
overall damages from the spill, including those under the federal
Clean Water Act, is ongoing.
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Separately on Tuesday, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co
reached a $1.1 billion settlement for claims related to its role in
the spill. Halliburton provided cementing services on the blown-out
The settlement protects Halliburton from certain punitive damages if
the court were to rule later that the company had been "negligent"
or "grossly negligent" for its role in the blowout, Chief Financial
Officer Mark McCollum said.
The case can be found under: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater
Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, U.S. District
Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 10-md-02179.
(Reporting by Houston Newsroom; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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