- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An attorney for clients with claims against BP in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has asked a federal judge to delay a pending decision on how much the corporation will pay in penalties for environmental damage.

Texas lawyer Brent Coon says the judgment on how much the company should pay for violations of the Clean Water Act should be delayed until the individual claims process has been completed.

In a filing Monday, Coon said that if BP is assessed a maximum penalty in the billions of dollars, it would be a deterrent to any efforts by BP to negotiate and resolve tens of thousands of pending claims.

Coon said if the court does make a ruling, that it be the minimum payment allowed.

BP declined comment.

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