US court backs BP in dispute over compensation for oil spill
LONDON (AFP) - A US court has given BP a boost in its fight to limit how much it must pay in compensation for the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
An appeals court in New Orleans ruled on Wednesday that payments to some companies with disputed loss claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon spill must stop, pending further study by a lower court.
The British energy giant reached a US$7.8 billion (S$9.7 billion) settlement last year with thousands of people and businesses hit by the worst environmental disaster in US history.
But it has been challenging the way Patrick Juneau, the lower court-appointed administrator of claims, calculates companies' compensation for lost profits.