NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a hearing Wednesday on a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The hearing is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys are seeking U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s preliminary approval of the settlement agreement, which is designed to resolve more than 100,000 claims by people and businesses who blame the spill for economic losses.
BP estimates it will pay about $7.8 billion to resolve these claims, but the settlement doesn’t have a cap.
The deal was announced March 2, but its details are spelled out in hundreds of pages of documents filed last week.