Judge tosses lawsuit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

Plaintiffs who brought a $256B lawsuit against BP have no facts to back up their claim that the company misled regulators about the safety of a Gulf of Mexico deepwater production platform, a U.S. District judge ruled late last week in throwing out a five-year-old lawsuit.

The case originated with allegations by a former contractor who worked for a BP supplier until he was laid off in 2009; he said BP had lied to the Interior Department about complying with safety regulations in order to get offshore leases in the Gulf's Atlantis field.

The judge rejected the “unfounded suspicions” and said BP never misrepresented or knowingly distorted its actions.

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    Now throw out barbier !
    25 Aug 2014, 05:54 PM Reply Like
  • djrryan
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    Hopefully, the beginning of the end of endless lawsuits. Compensate the victims and stop the lawsuits so industry can focus on creating jobs.
    25 Aug 2014, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    Hold on there.


    This issue is 5 years old and relates to the Atlantis (field). The Deepwater Horizon explosion is 4 years old and in Macondo.


    This was filed before the latter became an issue. Had this lawsuit proceeded in a timely manner, it would have been settled before the other began. The only issue here is the slow pace of the US legal system. The only groups that made any money here were the lawyers so as long as US citizens keep voting lawyers into office nobody should expect the US legal system to get any faster.
    25 Aug 2014, 10:36 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Judge in Houston understands BP did not knowingly mislead regulators.


    What about the buffoon in Louisiana, Judge Barbier?


    BP continues to operate in over 80 countries. US operations are a part of the big picture with BP. Enough is enough with the lawsuits.


    Just my opinion as a shareholder in BP.
    25 Aug 2014, 06:42 PM Reply Like
  • spike77
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    $256 billion because I snagged my finger nail. Grow up America
    25 Aug 2014, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • Paul Price
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    Why did it take 5 years to find out there were no supporting facts?
    25 Aug 2014, 07:27 PM Reply Like
  • Harry Polizzi
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    What!!! The judge expects the sneaker brigade nitwits to have FACTS!!!! Whoever heard of such a preposterous thing!!!


    25 Aug 2014, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • daphnex2
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    I am stunned and very grateful for the return of clarity and sanity. Kudos to the Judge whomever he/she may be!!!
    25 Aug 2014, 09:37 PM Reply Like
  • spike77
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    A $256B lawsuit with no facts sounds frivolous. What penalties are there for this.
    26 Aug 2014, 07:24 AM Reply Like
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