NEW ORLEANS, LA. — A federal judge has refused to put a temporary stop to BP 2010 oil spill settlement payments. The oil giant had previously asked for temporary halt, claiming they were at risk of hundreds of million of dollars in claims being tainted by fraud.
BP suggested that payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses should be suspended, while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the claims administrator Patrick Juneau on the settlement program.
Plaint’s attorneys say the company has not provided any evidence that those claims have been improperly paid.