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July 17, 2013

BP seeks halt to Gulf oil spill settlement payouts

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NEW ORLEANS —

"We will continue to process claims until the court instructs otherwise," he added. "As always we will faithfully abide by the directions of the court."

Earlier this week, Juneau wrote that its fraud investigative process is "extremely robust and highly attuned to determining, investigating and preventing fraudulent claims."

The April 2010 blowout of BP's well off the Louisiana coast triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and led to millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf. Shortly after the disaster, BP agreed to create a $20 billion compensation fund that was administered at first by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, led by attorney Kenneth Feinberg.

After the settlement was announced last year, Barbier appointed Juneau to take over the process of evaluating and paying claims.

The settlement doesn't have a cap, but BP initially estimated that it would pay $7.8 billion to resolve claims by tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents and businesses. Now the company says it no longer can give a reliable estimate for how much the deal will cost.

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