BP Settlement Brings Allegations by BP of corruption, but where, asks Judge Barbier, is the evidence?
On July 19, 2013 BP settlement judge Carl Barbier ruled against BP, for seemingly the 10th or 20th time, on a request by BP to stop allowing payments from the BP settlement fund. Where, asked the judge, was the evidence? (See article in The National Law Journal)
Since January 2013, BP has engaged in a non-stop campaign to avoid its Deepwater Horizon settlement obligations. It began by repeatedly filing papers in the federal court alleging that the Settlement Administrator was not following the terms of the settlement. After repeated hearings before the trial judge who approved the settlement, all the arguments were rejected.
According to an Associated Press article, Judge Barbier appears to be losing patience with BP and its efforts to evade its responsibilities under the Deepwater Horizon settlement.
“I find the recent attacks on Mr. Juneau’s character are highly offensive, inappropriate,” Barbier said.
Barbier said he found it “especially offensive” that BP CEO Robert Dudley claimed during an interview televised by CNBC on Thursday that the settlement process has been “hijacked.”
“Personal attacks, hyperbole and use of such language in my opinion crosses the line,” he said.