BP (BP) is ready to take its chances at a civil trial over the Gulf oil spill after failing to...

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

BP (BP) is ready to take its chances at a civil trial over the Gulf oil spill after failing to reach a settlement with the government, states and other private plaintiffs. BP could face a fine of $21B for the crude spilled if the court accepts the government's claims, although the company reckons the bill will be under $5B. The trial is due to start on Monday.