- 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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