BP to ask Supreme Court to hear claims issue

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.

On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider its earlier decision that businesses did not need to prove direct harm.

BP said Wednesday that it will ask the 5th Circuit to take steps that would keep the current freeze on claims payments in place until the Supreme Court considers the issue.

BP initially estimated it would pay roughly $7.8 billion to resolve spill claims. The company later said the claims administrator was misinterpreting the settlement and it could no longer estimate the deal's ultimate cost.