BP ordered to resume oil spill payments as Court reviews settlement

Gulf Oil Spill - Settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said yesterday.

The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments while BP appeals the court’s earlier ruling that businesses, under the settlement, don’t have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.

BP asked the Supreme Court to review yesterday’s ruling, saying that otherwise “countless awards totaling potentially hundreds of millions of […]