BP asks court to block payments not directly linked to Gulf spill

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

BP (BP +0.4%) asks a U.S. appeals court to block payments tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill unless it can be linked directly to the disaster.

BP says Judge Carl Barbier has ignored a court decision requiring him to tie payments directly to the spill, so it is asking the appeals court to step in.

BP has been battling throughout 2013 with Barbier, lawyers for spill victims and settlement administrator Patrick Juneau over an interpretation of the agreement that allows payments for claimants without proof of causation.