Claims administrator seeks dismissal of BP lawsuit

Claims administrator seeks dismissal of BP lawsuit

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In this Tuesday, May 11, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, monitors show a small pollution containment chamber, known as the "top hat," is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico by the motor vessel Viking Poseidon. The chamber will be used in an attempt to contain an oil leak that was caused by the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon explosion. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley)

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 3:35 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The court-appointed claims administrator for a multibillion-dollar settlement between BP PLC and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys has asked a judge to throw out the company's lawsuit against him.

The suit that BP filed last month accuses Patrick Juneau of violating the settlement's terms in the way he is using a complex formula to determine payments to businesses affected by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a court filing Monday, Juneau argues he is entitled to immunity from BP's suit. Juneau also says he would be violating U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's orders if he processed business claims in the way that BP wants him to.

BP also has asked Barbier to block what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses.

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