Fed. gov’t to pay almost $1M for costs related to BP oil spill trial
Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 8:57 am
United States Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan of New Orleans ordered the federal government to assist in paying for nearly half of the the $1.67 million in court costs related to the trial of 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to reports by nola.com
Shushan ordered the U.S. government to pay $839,581 on on Monday, August 18 because it acted as a plaintiff during the first and second phases of the civil trial. The U.S. government collaborated up with the plaintiffs’ steering committee which is comprised of attorneys who represent residents and businesses affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The first phase of the civil trial, concluded in April 2013, had been all about finding out whom among the BP management and its contractors had been responsible for the April 20, 2010 explosion.
The second phase of the trial sought to find out exactly how much gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf. They concluded that the spill totaled 176 million gallons, enough to fill 266 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The final phase, set to begin January of 2015, will determine the penalties BP must pay. If you have been affected by the spill, be sure to call our attorneys of the Williams Hart at (888) 220-0640 to see if you might qualify for compensation related to this incident.