Judge tosses lawsuit claiming BP misled regulators about Gulf platform

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

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.