BP fights on to oust oil spill claims chief
NEW ORLEANS - BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
BP filed notice Tuesday that it plans an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims and says he should be removed because of an alleged conflict of interest and other reasons.
But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bee-aye) last week rejected BP's arguments.
In a related development Tuesday, Barbier approved plans for a second round of claims to be paid from a $2.3 billion seafood compensation program. He adopted recommendations from a group of third-party lawyers recommending disbursement of up to $500 million in seafood claims.