Federal Judge Carl Barbier denies BP’s latest attempts to stall payments

In its latest attempt to avoid paying out claims by local businesses, BP is now arguing that a business’ claims should not be paid if the business is unable to prove its losses were caused by the spill. In a statement released this week, Federal Judge Carl Barbier made note that under the terms of the settlement, BP agreed that requiring direct proof of damage from the spill would be far too difficult for the thousands of businesses in the affected areas, saying that, “It would be infeasible to expect or require every claimant to prove actual, or factual, causation,” and that “Doing so would require thousands of individual trials of causation, defeating the whole purpose and intent of a class settlement.”

Read more about Judge Barbier’s opinion and BP’s appeal process on Nola.com

Source: Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune , November 22, 2013