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  • FILE -  In this Wednesday, April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. A federal appeals court on Monday, May 19, 2014, refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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    A federal appeals court on Monday refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.

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    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a $357,000 payment in a damage claim from the 2010 BP oil spill must be repaid because the claim was fraudulent.

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    A federal judge has set a tentative trial date next year to consider federal Clean Water Act penalties that BP could face for the millions of gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

  • Panel rules spill claims don't need direct harm

    A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.

  • BP loses effort to see documents in claims probe

    BP is not entitled to see confidential documents used by a court-appointed investigator who has alleged that some attorneys acted improperly in the claims process arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • Judge won't block new round of BP seafood payments

    A federal judge refused Wednesday to halt payments from a BP fund to compensate deckhands and other seafood workers harmed financially by the 2010 Gulf oil spill, turning back arguments by the oil giant that the payment process was tainted by a Texas lawyer's alleged fraud.

  • Judge asked to remove BP settlement probe leader

    A lawyer targeted in an investigation of the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal judge to disqualify former FBI director Louis Freeh from reviewing and acting on any allegations involving the attorney.

  • BP seeks rehearing in oil spill settlement dispute

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  • Court upholds approval of BP oil spill settlement

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    EDITORIAL: Cash in the water

    The sharks are circling in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge on Christmas Eve delivered a ruling that puts BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, at the mercy of anyone who claims he or she lost business as a result of the infamous 2010 oil spill. Even hookers are getting a piece of the action.

  • ** FILE ** The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010. (Associated Press)

    Judge hears claims that BP lied to feds about Gulf oil spill

    BP lied to the U.S. government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, lawyers told a federal judge Monday.

  • ** FILE ** In this aerial file photo created on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, an oil slick is seen as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns. Nearly three years after the deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a high-stakes trial for the raft of litigation spawned by the disaster on Monday Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)

    Trial set to open for Gulf oil spill litigation

    Nearly three years after a deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a high-stakes trial for the raft of litigation spawned by the disaster.

  • BP, claimants panel ask judge to OK class-action settlement

    BP and attorneys for more than 100,000 people and businesses presented a federal judge Wednesday with a class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Fire boat response crews spray water on the burning remnants of BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig on Aprll 21, 2010.

    Gulf oil spill trial delayed

    A federal trial over the nation's worst offshore oil disaster has been delayed for a week to allow more time for settlement talks, according to two people close to the case.

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