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Judge Rules BP "Grossly Negligent" In Deepwater Horizon Disaster
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Judge Rules BP "Grossly Negligent" In Deepwater Horizon Disaster

For the past 4 years, BP has been dancing their way around paying claims to individuals and businesses through the appeals process. Finally after all this time, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled just yesterday that BP was grossly negligent in the Deepwater Horizon disaster which took place on April 20, 2010. Under the U.S. Clean Water Act this ruling exposes BP to additional government fines and penalties which could cost them as much $18 billion.

Judge Barbier's ruling described instances where BP cut costs even though they posed safety risks. Not only did Judge Barbier rule that BP caused the oil rig explosion, he also ruled that Transocean and Halliburton Co. were partly negligent. Liability is distributed between the three companies, with BP enduring 67%, Transocean Ltd. receiving 30%, and Halliburton Co. 3%. BP is disputing that they contributed to any wrongdoing and are planning on appealing this decision.

BP has admitted its wrongdoing and negotiated to create the Settlement Program which was to pay individuals and business back for their losses. BP then tried to go back on the agreement and shut down the Settlement Program, however they were unsuccessful.

This ruling illustrates how BP repeatedly took contradictory positions throughout the litigation in order to avoid responsibility for their actions which caused this disaster. Due to the back and forth and failed attempts at appeals, the deadline to file a claim has been extended. If you believe you have a claim please contact us toll free at (855) SWFL-BIZ or (855) 793-5249 for a free consultation.

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