BP's (BP -1.3%) civil trial beginning today may spark a settlement if it means avoiding weeks in...

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

BP's (BP -1.3%) civil trial beginning today may spark a settlement if it means avoiding weeks in court, where every day would bring reminders of the 2010 oil spill. The disaster forced BP to radically alter its strategy, and it sold off assets and remodeled itself in order to absorb the effects of big fines, but FT's Guy Chazan says there is little hard evidence the strategy is working at all.