Judge won't block second round of BP seafood payments

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

U.S. District Judge Barbier yesterday denied BP's request to halt payments from the $2.3B fund it created to compensate commercial fishermen for financial losses claimed after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP had sought to block the payments after alleging that some individuals supposedly injured by the spill did not exist.

More than $1B of the fund has been distributed in an initial round of payouts, but BP wanted a second round of payments suspended.