BP’s request to stop oil spill payments rebuffed

BP’s request to stop oil spill payments rebuffed

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans said BP’s personal attacks on claims administrator Patrick Juneau have been “offensive,” and he especially noted that he didn’t care for comments the chief executive of the company, Bob Dudley, made on CNBC last week.
Bob Dudley had stated that the settlement had been “hijacked” by the administrator’s office.
“Mr. Juneau is not a good ol’ boy plaintiffs attorney as some have suggested,” Barbier reportedly stated at the hearing.
BP had asked for an injunction to halt payments from the settlement until an independent investigation of Juneau’s office has been completed.
While Barbier noted that probe is continuing, he believes Juneau himself has acted with the highest level of integrity, and he noted that both BP and the plaintiffs attorneys who negotiated the settlement had selected Juneau.
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