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BP Tried to Reject Thousands Of Lawsuit, Denies Responsibility For Toxic Dispersant

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Attorneys for BP are hoping to have thousands of lawsuits seeking economic damages stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill dismissed because of how they were filed. A BP attorney said the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) was to help settle claims out of court and that one stipulation for filing a lawsuit for economic damages against BP is to first filed a claim with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) and be denied. The GCCF has been criticized for the amount of documentation required when filing a claim.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the consolidation litigation said,   “I could rule as a matter of law – which you have asked me to do – but I don’t want to down the road have to deal with individual rulings on 100,000 claims.” Barbier estimates the number of lawsuits filed so far to be “something north of 120,000 – 130,000 cases.” An attorney for the plaintiffs accused the defense of using the OPA as a shield.

BP  and other defendants are also claiming immunity from liability regarding the use of the toxic dispersant Corexit, claiming that they made “decisions that should have been made by the United States government.”, and handed down by the President of the United States under the National Environmental Emergencies Contingency Plan. Health claims from oil-spill response workers from exposure to the oil and dispersant are also being considered.

Finally, the federal moratorium was addressed and whether those who lost wages due to the moratorium should be compensated by BP.

The next status conference will be July 8, 2011 at 9:30 am.

 

 

 

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